Essay about Drug Addiction : Drugs And Drugs

2182 Words Apr 30th, 2015 9 Pages
Drug Addiction An approximate of 208 million people worldwide consume illegal drugs. A 2007 survey in the US showed that 19.9 million Americans (or 8% of the population aged 12 or older) used illegal drugs. (Foundation for a Drug Free World, n.d.) These statistics don’t even include alcohol or nicotine because those drugs are almost legal everywhere. Of how many of these users are addicted? Well it’s a safe bet that most of these individuals are drug addicts because even doing it once can get you hooked. In the most basic sense, drugs give us a good feeling that we want repeatedly, so we take that drug again in hopes of reaching euphoria. Examples of drugs that many people are addicted to are nicotine, alcohol, cocaine, meth, heroin, and much more. All of them are essentially the same because they take us to a new sense of reality, but some are stronger and more dangerous than others. This is because these drugs have strong chemicals in them that affect the brain. Being addicted to drugs like heroin or cocaine can cause brain damage and actually rewire the brain to think differently, making it difficult to quit the drug. To begin with, heroin is a drug originally created in 1874 by C.R. Alder Wright. It is a highly addictive drug processed from morphine and is able to put the user in a state of euphoria. In the United States alone, an approximate of 60,000 to 1 million people were reported to have used heroin. This statistic varies greatly because many surveys and…

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