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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

 The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) leads the Nation in scientific research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. It supports and conducts research across a broad range of disciplines. 

NC Department of Health and Human Services

(NC DHHS) The Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

COMMONLY USED DRUGS

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Alcohol

Alcohol is a drug, It is classed as a depressant, because it slows down vital functions. Some health effects are change in mood and behavior, harder to think clearly, Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, Stroke, High blood pressure, Steatosis, or fatty liver, Alcoholic hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis, increased risk Head and neck cancer, Esophageal cancer, Liver cancer...

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Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. Some short term health effects increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure; headache; abdominal pain and nausea... Some long term Health effects are Loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, nasal damage and trouble swallowing from snorting; infection and death of bowel tissue from decreased blood flow...

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Crystal Meth

Methamphetamine is a stimulant drug usually used as a white, bitter-tasting powder or a pill. Crystal methamphetamine is a form of the drug that looks like glass fragments or shiny, bluish-white rocks. Some short term health effects are Rapid or irregular heart rate. Increased blood pressure. Increased body temperature. Increased attention and ability to focus. Increase in respiration. Some long term health effects are can cause damage to the brain similar to that caused by Alzheimer's disease, stroke, and epilepsy...

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Designer Drugs

These drugs are illicitly produced with the intent of developing substances that differ slightly from controlled substances in their chemical structure while retaining their pharmacological effects. Some Health effects are Hallucinations, Stomach problems, Dizziness, Headaches, Violent behavior, Nausea, Suicidal Tendency, Seizures, High or low blood pressure, Coma, Death...

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Heroin

Heroin is an opioid drug made from morphine, a natural substance taken from the seed pod of the various opium poppy plants grown in Southeast and Southwest Asia, Mexico, and Colombia. some short term health effects are dry mouth; itching; nausea; vomiting; analgesia; slowed breathing and heart rate... some long term health effects are Collapsed veins; abscesses (swollen tissue with pus); infection of the lining and valves in the heart; constipation and stomach cramps; liver or kidney disease; pneumonia...

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Marijuana

Marijuana refers to the dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa. The plant contains the mind-altering chemical delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other related compounds. Extracts can also be made from the cannabis plant. some health effects when misused are, can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease. Most drugs could potentially harm an unborn baby; pregnancy-related issues... 

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Prescription Drugs

When used as prescribed by a doctor, prescription medicines can be helpful in treating many illnesses. Stimulants are helpful in managing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Central Nervous System (CNS) Depressants treat anxiety, panic, and sleep disorders. Opioids are prescribed to treat pain, coughing, and diarrhea. But when these medicines are misused, they can have serious consequences.

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Addiction to Alcohol or Drugs

 Substance addiction is a condition that gets worse over time or frequency of use, relapse is sometimes a part of the recovery process. characterized by compulsive alcohol or drug use despite negative effects on personal health, financial, emotional well being or relationships . Addiction significantly hinders the user’s ability to manage or quit substance abuse. Two components that contribute to substance addiction are tolerance and dependence. A person who has developed tolerance to a substance requires increasing doses to feel the desired effects. Taking increasing doses or taking them more frequently to overcome tolerance quicken the development of dependence. The list of substances one can become addicted to is extensive and the effects are sometimes irreversible or even deadly. 

Behavioral Addiction

 Research shows that it is also possible for a person to develop a behavioral addiction. A Behavioral addiction  or process addiction, as it is referred to in some cases, is similar to a substance addiction in that persons become dependent on the pleasurable feelings that certain behaviors (e.g., gambling, Cell phone and social media, Internet, Exercise, Food and Eating, Love and Relationships, Sex, Pornography and masturbation, Video Games, and Shopping) bring about. The individual compulsive takes part in the behavior or process despite the negative effects on work or social relationships which can lead to being diagnosed.