By Rayan Kayssi :
The first article we had to read, effect of substance drug abuse, was divided into three sections: on the individual, on the family, and on the society. As for the effect of substance drug abuse on the individual, I pretty much knew most of the effects because we have been studying these effects.
I have also taken many science courses, where they talked about drug effect at some point of the course (which demonstrates how big of a deal drug abuse has become in our nation.)
One of the dangerous effects on the individual is increasing the risk of contracting the HIV virus, which would change their life for ever.
They will never have the choice to quit or anything like that, once they have contacted HIV, their will never be the same. I have read the effects on family, and it has also been a subject we looked into in the past.
As for the societal effect, it really shocked me to read that in some neighborhoods, younger children are recruited as lookouts and helpers because of the lighter sentences given to juvenile offenders, and guns have become commonplace among children and adolescents.
How is that going to effect the new generation? What kind of messages are we sending to the youth? How is the new generation going to run the country, if they are being raised this way? The questions could go on and on. I can’t even dare to answer these questions.
I can’t imagine what kind of society is going to be present when the people in charger were raised in a society full of drug abuse, crimes, and selfishness.
When I tried to open the second website, www.storerx.com , it didn’t work. I kept on getting a message that says: “If you are seeing this page instead of the site you expected, please contact the administrator of the site involved.
Although this site is running the Apache software it almost certainly has no other connection to the Apache Group, so please do not send mail about this site or its contents to the Apache authors.
If you do, your message will be ignored.” The directions mentioned that this website offers an extensive pharmacological index of drugs and their effects on the nervous system.
So, I did a small research on similar websites, and I found this: http://parentingteens.about.com/od/indexofdrugsofabuse/
I read the article about alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, inhalants, heroin, and other drugs. Many of the effects I already learned about them in the chapters I have been reading in our book.
However, these articles were much more detailed than the book. For example, in the section about “Ecstasy” the article said in the section about its effects:
“Brain imaging research in humans indicates that Ecstasy causes injury to the brain, affecting neurons that use the chemical serotonin to communicate with other neurons.
The serotonin system plays a direct role in regulating mood, aggression, sexual activity, sleep, and sensitivity to pain.
Many of the risks users face with Ecstasy use are similar to those found with the use of cocaine and amphetamines”
I learned so much from reading these articles about the psychological and neurological effects of these drugs.
I’m not sure if the website that you have given us at first had more information, because I was never able to open it.
However, from the website that I found, it was very beneficial for me to learn more about the physiological effects of drugs to the body.