Illicit Drug Use Can Lead To Dependence
Certain drugs such as opiates, barbiturates, alcohol, and nicotine create physical
With prolonged use of these drugs, they become a part of the body’s chemistry.
Regular users of drugs develop what is known as drug tolerance, which is a need to
take larger doses to achieve initial effects.
When a regular user stops taking the drug, the body experiences a trauma known as
Among children, dependence erodes school performance and can destroy ties to family
Dependent users normally abandon outside interests, values, and goals.
More Information about Illicit Drugs and Their Use
Drugs can interfere with memory, sensation, and perception. Drugs interfere with
the brain’s ability to take in, sort, and process information. Research shows that
severe psychological damage such as paranoia and psychosis occurs when marijuana
contains two percent THC, which is its major psychoactive ingredient. Since 1980,
practically all marijuana contains four to six percent THC.
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