Drugs and their affects

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By Rayan Kayssi

Once again, these assignments present us with interesting websites about drugs and their affects. In this assignment, the second section was about Barbiturates.

Some examples of barbiturates include: Phenobarbital, Secobarbital, Amobarbital, and Pentobarbital. Slang names of barbiturates include: yellow jackets, reds, blues, Amy’s, and rainbows.

Some of the common side effects that I learned that are caused by barbiturates are divided into two categories: low doses and high doses.
In low doses: barbiturates reduce anxiety; reduce respiration, reduce blood pressure, reduce heart rate and reduce rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

In higher doses: barbiturates can actually increase some types of behavior and act like a stimulant.

These effects may be caused by depression of inhibitory brain circuits. In other words, barbiturates at these doses act to remove inhibitory behavior.

To reduce stress, some people turn to drugs to bring back a feeling of calm; those drugs could act to depress the central nervous system and are often called sleeping pills.

Under proper supervision, these drugs could be used for medicinal purposes, but I feel that using such drugs should be the last resort, if there are no other natural ways for having these results.

The article of Dr. Volkow about inhalants was very informative. I didn’t’ know that a single session of repeated inhalant abuse can disrupt heart rhythms and cause death from cardiac arrest or lower oxygen levels enough to cause suffocation.

Also, I most definitely didn’t know that regular abuse of these substances can result in serious harm to vital organs including the brain, heart, kidneys, and liver.

When I visited the website www.inhalants.com , I read a lot about inhalants, but the little facts that I found on that websites that were really shocking to me. For instance, one of five students in America has used an inhalant to get high by the time he or she reaches the eighth grade

I didn’t even know that young children actually seek ways to get high! Parents should be more involved in their children’s life. They should make their children’s lives full of activities that suit their ages, such as putting them into sport teams.

This assignment was very important; it taught me a lot of new information. I think the media is not focusing enough on these important issues.

They advertise on television saying “say no to drugs”… If they were paying tremendous amounts of money to send this message, they should use it instead to send the full picture. They should state the side effects of drugs, the dangerous results of addiction, and ways to seek help.

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