Monday, January 09, 2006

Don't Do Drugs

Immoderate Consumption of Alcohol
Alcohol causes depression, nausea, and decreased alertness. When it is consistently consumed in large amounts, it can lead to malnutrition, fetal alcohol syndrome, mental disorders, liver damage, and brain damage. After withdrawal, an alcoholic may experience hallucinations, irregular heart rates, disorientation, anxiety, shaking/tremors, nausea, diarrhea, seizures, or heart failure.

Barbiturates
Barbiturates cause poor coordination, slurred speech, and decreased alertness. One who uses barbiturates on a regular basis may be sleepy, irritable, and confused. A habitual barbiturates user, upon withdrawal, may experience convulsions, nausea, breathing difficulty, insomnia, hallucinations, tremors, and even death.

Tranquilizers
Tranquilizers cause blurred vision, dizziness, slurred speech, drowsiness, headache, and skin rash, and long-term side effects are blood and liver disease. A person withdrawing from tranquilizers will be anxious and nauseous, and have cramps and diarrhea.

Narcotics
Narcotics include opium (from the poppy plant), codeine, morphine, and heroin. A narcotics user may be nauseous, less alert, and drowsy, and may hallucinate. Long-term use can cause constipation, temporary sterility and impotence, convulsions, coma, and death. Withdrawal symptoms are watery eyes, runny nose, yawning, decreased appetite, irritability, tremors, panic, chills and sweating, cramps, and nausea.


Marijuana
Marijuana, including hashish, causes panic, memory loss, distorted perception, anxiety, increased heart rate, decrease in muscle strength, impaired motorkills, and vomiting. Habitual marijuana use causes lung cancer, bronchitis, respiratory tract irritation, and possible fetal damage. A person withdrawing from marijuana will be irritable and restless. They will have trouble sleeping, lose weight, and have a decreased appetite. [1]

Heroin
Heroin can cause respiratory arrest and miscarriage. Heroin use causes dry mouth, nausea, lowered heart rate, pupil constriction, constipation, confusion, slow respiration, shallow respiration, itchiness, abcesses, and flushing. Habitual heroin use causes liver disease, pneumonia, reduced endorphin production, and the infection of the heart lining and valves. Any kind of administration can cause addiction extremely easily. Fortunately, heroin overdose is immediately reversible via the injection of an opioid antagonist. Heroin overdose is not fast-acting and often takes many hours. Street heroin is of widely varying and unpredictable purity, often cut the adulterants quinine and strychnine, and this is the cause of many stories in which people die "with the needle still in their arm".

It's not just a cliché, do yourself a favor and don't start, or quit now.

[1] Many "Christians" use marijuana, but this is a violation of the commands of scripture (and common sense). See http://Godandscience.org/doctrine/marijuana.html.