Street drugs, or illegal drugs, are drugs that are used mostly because of the pleasure they provide. People start using street drugs because of a variety of reasons. Peer pressure, curiosity, rebelliousness and just the sheer “high” streets drugs provide all play a role in seducing first-time users.
It is commonly believed that the youth of this generation are heavily into street drugs. Some studies estimate that about half of all teenagers up to age 18 have experimented with a type of illegal drug or another. Because of this, there is growing concern about the harmful effects that these drugs can have on the nation’s children.
Although it is an increasingly important issue, few long-term, objective studies of drug use have actually been carried out. Most of what we know about the effect of street drugs is culled from scientific experiments on animals. Because it is scientifically unethical to experiment with human beings, there is little data relating to human beings.
The separation between street drugs and legal drugs must be clear in the minds of everyone. While street drugs are illegal drugs, legal drugs are considered acceptable under the current judicial set-up. While the set-up changes from one location to another, items such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine are usually considered acceptable. Some of the more notorious street drugs, on the other hand, include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, amphetamines, opium, and PCP.
The effects of street drugs vary and are dependent on several factors. The type of drug, the amount involved, and a person’s past drug experience play a major role. A person’s frame of mind, expectations, and fears can also affect the drug experience. Even when using the same drug, a person can have many different experiences at many different times. As the body becomes tolerant or “used to” a drug, the dosage needed to attain the same experiences increase.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.