Does America really know what they are getting themselves into when they try drugs?

By: HOLLY HARTZELL – THOMAS

Drug Overdose Deaths Rise by 27% in New Jersey | Sunrise House

Drugs are ever so present in our daily lives, from songs, to movies, TV shows, books, and even more. In a world where we are taught drugs are bad, we still have the influence of current artists and celebrities. To give a few examples, the actress on Parks and Rec, Amy Poehler, admitted,  “I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated,” she stated, “Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don’t know very well and play ping-pong all night [but] it’s bad for almost everything else…the day after cocaine is rough.” Many other celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, and even Leonardo DiCaprio have dabbled in the world of drugs. This just shows how present it is in our everyday life, but do people really know what they are getting themselves into when they try drugs? 

The slight decline in 2018 of drug overdoses was a good sign, but with the synthetic drugs such as methamphetamines and corrupt versions of the opioid fentanyl have “challenged the nation’s ability to build on improvements” says Jon Kamp who writes for the Wall Street Journal. In a federal investigation there were Fentanyl laced fake Oxycodone pills, which shows how many people can die by accident from buying laced drugs which they don’t know until it’s too late. More than 750,000 people have died from overdose deaths since 1999, 2 out of 3 of those deaths were caused by opiods. Opioids, when used correctly, are meant for medical procedures but there are also the prescription opioids which are, Oxycontin, Percsaset, Vicodin, Codeine, and Morphine. But those are not the only type of opioids, there are also the illegal opioids such as Heroin, that are incredibly deadly and addictive as well. To lessen your chances  of getting addicted you can ask what the addiction rate the drug they are using has. 

A more commonly known and incredibly deadly drug, cocaine, has caused over 10,619 people to die from a cocaine overdose in 2016. Although, in 1985 several million people were abusing cocaine. Cocaine is known as an upper, which is a power stimulant that can cause seizures, stroke, heart attacks, as well as respiratory failure. Some drug dealers will mix cocaine with cornstarch, flour, or talcum powder to increase profit, but when doing that and selling it the buyers never know what they are getting so they think they can do more and more, which eventually leads to overdoses. Cocaine is also the most addictive substance we know of so far, whilst saying that, it is even harder to recover from the cocaine addiction. Cocaine leads to loss of interest in regular activities, malnutrition, psychosis and even interference with brain activity. And as trends die out new ones come, but do we really want to have the “cocaine trend” back? 

The last type of drug I will discuss is Amphetamines. This is more commonly known as crystal meth. In 2017, more than 1.6 million people reported using crystal meth in the past year, and from that survey 774,000 people used it in the past month. This was higher than the previous year, 2016, which had 684,000 users. Despite the very high number in users, in 2014, 3,728 people died from meth overdoses according to the CDC. Meth causes increased energy and decreased appetite but is highly addictive and incredibly deadly. And because meth isnt an opioid, there are no federal funds used to treat it. Therefore meth overdoses cannot be treated and will most likely lead to death. Meth users don’t only have risk for overdose death, but for dy8ing due to lack of food.

In conclusion, when you dabble in drugs you can get highly addicted and it could lead to your demise. Drugs have a very big impact on your brain activity and overall physical and mental health. Many people have died from drug overdoses and they are given examples of what drugs can do to you. But, there are ways to treat addictions, such as federally funded rehab centers which are open to everyone. So, before you go out and get high, ask yourself : is this worth the risk? Nine times out of ten it isn’t worth the risk or consequence. 

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