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									Why Are Illegal Drugs Dangerous?

Illegal drugs aren't good for anyone, but they are particularly bad for a kid or teen whose
body is still growing. Illegal drugs can damage the brain, heart, and other important
organs. Cocaine, for instance, can cause a heart attack — even in a kid or teen.

While using drugs, people are also less able to do well in school, sports, and other
activities. It's often harder to think clearly and make good decisions. People can do dumb
or dangerous things that could hurt them — or other people — when they use drugs.

General definition of a drug
A drug is a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of a
physiological system such as the human body.

Drug Name:

Alcohol

Effects:

Addiction (alcoholism), dizziness, nausea, vomiting, hangovers, slurred speech, disturbed
sleep, impaired motor skills, violent behavior, fetal alcohol syndrome, respiratory
depression and death (high doses).

Drug Name:

Ecstasy

Effects:

Psychiatric disturbances, including panic, anxiety, depression, and paranoia. Muscle
tension, nausea, blurred vision, sweating, increased heart rate, tremors, hallucinations,
fainting, chills, sleep problems, and reduced appetite

Drug Name:

Heroin

Effects:

Addiction. Slurred speech, slow gait, constricted pupils, droopy eyelids, impaired night
vision, nodding off, respiratory depression or failure, dry itching skin, and skin
infections. Increased risk of exposure to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases if
injected.

								
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