Drugs were discovered to cure people of their ailments; however we find that these days drugs are not just used, but actually abused to such an extent that it results in death or other life-threatening diseases. Drug abuse has become a common problem, so it is important to be aware of the kind of drugs that are abused. Here are the top 10 drugs most abused in the world.
Holds the top rank in abused drugs with more than 46.5 million smokers in the US alone. There are more than 400,000 deaths reported every year due to the use of tobacco with Nicotine being present to make health issues worse.
Though available legally and prepared with carbohydrates and yeast, it is quite beneficial if taken in smaller quantities as they are proven to reduce blood clots and protect the heart. Excessive usage could result in liver failures and other terminal diseases. Addictions are also quite common with regular abuse of alcohol and most fall victim to the relaxing effects that it gives.
3. Prescription Drugs
OTC (Over the Counter) Drugs are misused and the most commonly abused drugs are Opioid which is an analgesic and suppress physical pain. They are abused since they cause numbness, sedation and euphoria. Depressants such as Valium, Xanax and Librium are also abused since they are sedating and are often used to treat sleep disorders and anxiety. Stimulants like Ritalin, Dexedrine and Meridia are used for asthma patients, but abused since they give exhilaration and euphoria.
Is a stimulant that is very powerful and are used to treat obesity unfortunately by taking this medicine even in small quantities can lead to increased wakefulness, increased physical activity and convulsions that can lead to death.
Is the most illegal substance available all over the world and extensively used for out of the world experiences. Found as a plant that grows wild the plant is edible throughout including the buds, leaves and resin of the cannabis plant. Can cause addiction to such levels that people who are hooked can even kill themselves if they do not get the Marijuana on time.
6. MDMA (Ecstasy)
These are tablets that are easily available and are abused world over to promote positive feelings and extreme relaxation. These are also called the hug-drug or love-drug and are used by many for all night stimulations. Mostly used as a rape drug, it is popular in social parties to lure young girls to bed.
7. Crack (Cocaine)
Another drug widely abused is Crack (Cocaine) that can cause constricted blood vessels, increased temperatures, heart rate and blood pressure. There are also reports of chest pains, lung trauma and bleeding with prolonged abuse of this drug. One can easily get addicted to Cocaine and though illegal, it somehow finds its way into the average junkie’s hands.
An illegal drug found everywhere and in powder form, this was originally used in the medical profession for pain remedies. Unfortunately it is now totally abused and used by one and all for cheap thrills and momentary gratifications.
Known as dietary supplements for athletics and sports persons, this type of drug is used for promoting muscle growth. Unfortunately, it is abused with people using them in large quantities to improve physical appearance for body building and long-distance running. This drug can cause really harmful side-effects if taken without medical advice.
Causes sudden deaths, suffocation, asphyxia and hallucinations. However, most people do not become regular users of these inhalants since they come in forms of cleaning solutions, plastic cement, hair sprays and nail removers.