Types of drugs

There are many types of drugs available on the market. The general effect of all drugs is basically very similar, though they differ in their speed of action as well as the severity of the harm on the body. All drugs directly affect the brain, since this is the only way of  causing mood changes. Some examples of drugs are as follows :

  •  Heroin : highly addictive opiate ; gives very high rush , followed by many hours of fogginess ; the addict lives day to day for the next fix
  • Marijuana : affects the parts of the brain that deals with emotions & memory
  • Alcohol : impairs judgements , memory lapses, blackouts
  • Cocaine : whether in powder form or crack, it is a highly addictive stimulant  ; addict loses interest in school, family , work etc
  • Inhalants (glue ; petrol; hair spray ; paint thinners etc) ; destroy the protective layers around the brain cells
  • Ecstasy : powerful amphetamine that causes problems in concentration and causes the person to find difficulty in knowing the difference between fantasy and reality
  • LSD : gives a distorted view of time & space ; causes paranoia , confusion , panic attacks
  • Steroids : used by ‘body builders” to gain muscles ; causes mood changes and permanently impairs learning and memory
  • Various “date rape prescription drugs “ : causes short term memory loss ; colourless, odourless and tasteless ; inserted into the cool-drinks of girls at parties ; the girl is drugged, semi-conscious and is then  raped.