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March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in criminology, law

Running head : DRUGS


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October 15 , 2006


The article drugs starts with a brief explanation of drug classes and drug regulation under Controlled Substances Act followed by long term and short term effects of three drugs namely Methamphetamine , MDMA and Cocaine on the human body . Finally three different typical types are discussed depicting the impact of drugs


According to the article Drug Classes on US Drug Enforcement Administration site , five classes of drugs regulated under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA ) are [banner_entry_middle]

narcotics , depressants , stimulants hallucinogens and anabolic steroids . Except anabolic steroids all other classes of drugs produce similar effects by altering moods , thoughts and feelings by their action on the Central Nervous System i .e , brain and spinal cord . While some alleviate pain , anxiety and depression , others induce sleep and energize . When these drugs are increasingly used in a medically or socially inconsistent manner it is called drug abuse . In legal terminology the non-sanctioned use of substances controlled in Schedules I through V of the CSA is considered drug abuse

According to the article Methamphetamine on streetdrugs .org methamphetamine being a powerful stimulant finds limited therapeutic usage and is primarily used to treat obesity . It can be orally ingested in the form of tablets or powder . Even small amounts of methamphetamine effect the central nervous system (CNS ) causing increased wakefulness respiration and physical activity , decreased appetite , hyperthermia and euphoria . Other effects on CNS are irritability , insomnia , confusion tremors , convulsions , anxiety , paranoia and aggressiveness Methamphetamine in any form is extremely dangerous inducing long-lasting , debilitating effects . Hyperthermia and convulsions may even lead to death

According to the article MDMA (Ecstasy ) on streetdrugs .org , MDMA an illegally manufactured variant of mescaline and amphetamine is chemically known as 3 , 4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine also called by various names such as Ecstasy , XTC , Adam and Essence . It is considered a designer drug – a substance on the drug market that is a chemical analogue or variation of another psychoactive drug

Ingested orally in tablet or capsule form producing profoundly positive feelings , extreme relaxation , empathy for others and elimination of anxiety . Short term effects of the drug include enhanced heart beat blood pressure and body temperature , clenching of jaws and teeth or muscular tension , dehydration , chills , nausea , blurred vision dizziness , confusion , insomnia and paranoia . MDMA is also said to suppress hunger and sleep

Long term effects are depression , sleep diss , drug craving , liver damage , brain damage , persistent elevation of anxiety and paralysis Large doses of MDMA may lead to muscular breakdown , hyperthermia , kidney failure and cardiovascular system failure

According to the article Cocaine on US Drug Enforcement Administration site , Cocaine is an oldest , powerful addictive stimulant previously used in tonics /elixirs prepared to treat wide variety of illnesses . It is a Schedule II drug under Controlled Substances Act of 1970

The drugs short term effects include euphoric feeling , energetic talkative and mentally alert to sensations of sight , sound and touch The physiological effects include constricted blood vessels , dilated pupils , higher body temperatures , increased heart beat… [banner_entry_footer]

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