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Illegal Drugs Addiction

 

Illicit drugs or illegal drugs are substances that have limitations on their ownership or use and are illegal, according to the government. Illicit drug use is the nonmedical use of one of these drugs even though it is prohibited by law.

Certain drugs are deemed illicit or illegal for three main reasons:

  • Because they cause physical and psychological harm.
  • Because their use incites criminal, reckless, or dangerous behavior.
  • Because they can cause death.

 

Many legal drugs also have the potential to cause harm, negative behaviors, or death but they possess important medical uses that outweigh the potential harm.

If the police catch a person in possession of illicit drugs, they may be fined or could face jail time, depending on their criminal record. They may also be required to complete a certain number of community service hours.

If a person is caught selling illegal drugs, they may face more serious consequences, including up to nine years in prison. Smuggling illegal drugs into the United States is also considered a federal crime and could result in decades in prison.

Illicit drugs are extremely dangerous, very addictive, and should never be used or abused by anyone. Once a person is addicted to an illicit drug, he or she will need months of detox and drug rehab to overcome his or her addiction.

Some of the most common illicit drugs include the following:

 

Short-term effects

Click on each illegal drug to see its short-term effects.

Cocaine
Heroin
k2/Spice
LSD
Marijuana
MDMA
Meth
Agitation
Altered perception
Altered sense of time
Anxiety
Blurred vision
Confusion
Constricted blood vessels
Convulsions
Difficulty thinking clearly
Dilated pupils
Dizziness
Dry Mouth
Elevated mood
Euphoria
Flushed, warm skin
Hallucinations
Heavy feeling in arms and legs
Impaired coordination
Impaired mental functioning
Impaired senses
Impulsive behavior
Increased activity and alertness
Increased appetite
Increased blood pressure
Increased body temperature
Increased energy and physical activity
Increased happiness
Increased heart rate
Increased respiration
Increased sensitivity to sight
Increased sensitivity to sound
Increased sensitivity to touch
Intensified feelings and sensory experiences
Involuntary teeth clenching
Irritability
Itching
Loss of appetite
Memory problems
Mood swings
Muscle cramps
Nausea
Numbness
Paranoia
Restlessness
Sexual arousal
Sleepiness
Slow heart beat
Slowed breathing
Suicidal thoughts
Sweating
Tremors
Violent behavior
Vomiting
 
 
 
 

 

 

Long-term effects

Click on each illegal drug to see its long-term effects.

Cocaine
Heroin
K2/Spice
Marijuana
Meth
Anxiety
Bowel decay
Cardiac arrest
Cognitive impairments
Collapsed veins
Confusion
Constipation
Damaged nasal tissues
Death
Dental problems
Depression
Hallucinations
Heart attack
Heart disease
Higher risk of lung infections
Impaired brain development
Increased heart rate
Increased risk of bloodborne diseases
Itching
Kidney damage
Loss of smell
Lung disease
Malnutrition
Memory problems
Mental illness
Miscarriage
Mood swings
Nosebleeds
Paralysis
Paranoia
Respiratory problems
Seizures
Skin infections
Sleeping problems
Stomach cramping
Stroke
Suicidal thoughts
Violent behavior
Weakened immune system
Weight loss

 

 

Withdrawal symptoms

Click on each illegal drug to see its withdrawal symptoms.

Cocaine
Heroin
K2/Spice
MDMA
Meth
Anxiety
Bone pain
Chills
Confusion
Cravings
Depression
Diarrhea
Difficulty concentrating
Fatigue
Feelings of hopelessness
Fever
Hallucinations
Headaches
Increased appetite
Insomnia
Irritability
Jitteriness
Loss of appetite
Mood swings
Muscle pain
Muscle spasms
Muscle stiffness
Nausea
Nightmares
Palpitation
Panic attacks
Paranoia
Suicidal thoughts
Sweating
Tremors
Vomiting
 
 
 
 

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