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What Is the Most Dangerous Drug?

What Is the Most Dangerous Drug?There have been many studies on the dangers of drugs. While all drugs are dangerous, some are more dangerous than others. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are responsible for classifying all drugs on a schedule that ranges from one to five. This schedule includes both medicinal and illicit drugs. The drugs are classified depending upon their potential for abuse, their acceptance in the medical profession, and the possible side effects or dangers of use. Illegal drugs such as crack cocaine, heroin, crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy are all considered Schedule 1 drugs (the most dangerous) because they have no medical value and are extremely addictive and dangerous.

While a drug’s classification and legality can indicate possible dangers, they can also cause San Diego residents to underestimate the potential harm other drugs could cause. For example, prescription drugs are almost always safe when users takes them exactly as directed by a physician, but when the drugs are abused or taken recreationally they can be just as dangerous as illicit drugs. Prescription drug abuse has increased drastically over the past decade because the drugs are much easier to obtain and San Diego addicts have not been educated on the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Alcohol is another dangerous drug excluded from the schedule of controlled substances. Because the drug is legal, many people, especially teens and young adults, misjudge the possible dangers of alcohol until they experience it themselves.

Side Effects of Different Drugs on San Diego Residents

There are several different types of drugs and drug categories, allowing for many possible side effects. Below are just a few examples of the many physical and psychological side effects that can result from improper drug use. The drugs and their side effects are as follows:

  • Alcohol: impaired memory, coordination and judgment, coma, passing out, respiratory depression, overdose, alcohol poisoning and addiction
  • Opiates or painkillers: addiction, overdose, depression, anxiety, respiratory depression, coma, cardiac arrest and tremors
  • Benzodiazepines or sedatives, (Xanax, Valium etc.): drowsiness, uncoordinated movement, memory loss, increased anxiety, hallucinations, nightmares, seizures, aggressive (even violent) behavior, overdose and addiction
  • Heroin: nightmares, hallucinations, mental cloudiness, respiratory depression, heart complications, collapsed veins, liver disease, overdose and addiction
  • Stimulants such as methamphetamine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, Ritalin or Adderall: hallucinations, liver damage, heart attack, respiratory depression, seizure, paranoia, depression, anxiety, hostility, aggression, suicidal tendencies, overdose and addiction

All of these drugs have the potential to destroy a San Diego addict’s life. If the physical and psychological side effects are not enough to deter a person from abuse, she should also know that substance abuse and addiction destroy careers, finances, opportunities and relationships with the people she cares about most.

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