Recreational drugs and their neurological consequences. Stimulants Recreational drug use is the use of a drug with the intention of creating or enhancing recreational experience. Drugs commonly considered capable of recreational use include alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and drugs that offer psychological and physical effects mostly in the form of euphoria. Recreational drug use is very common in America and while they are used for their pleasure purpose the long-term effects of these party drugs is mostly over looked.
In this essay I will be analyzing the neurological effects of recreational drugs. Hypothesis My hypothesis on the effects of recreational drugs on the body is that long and even short-term use of illicit drugs will have negative effects on the body. The illicit stimulant I will be focusing on is methamphetamine, an illicit stimulant that has taken the American mid west by storm and has plagued that area for many years.
Methamphetamine is one of the most powerful stimulants it can give a user a 12hr “high”, methamphetamine can be smoked, snorted nasally, injected, or ingested, the most popular ways of doing meth are smoking or injection. Population The population I will be selecting is users of the stimulant methamphetamine; this opulation will be of men and women of all ages that have experienced neurological disorders such as stoke and seizures that are associated with use.
I choose this population because most neurological disorders of this kind are recorded by hospitals and can offer more extensive information on negative affects of the drug The selection process used was the analysis of hospital records that showed neurological disorders associated with meth use. The independent variable is the frequent use of meth by the subjects and the dependent variable is how much the subject uses meth, which will result in faster negative deterioration of the body.
The extraneous variable is users that do not experience the extensive neurological effects on the body. Research Groups The control groups selected are normal human beings in good health that are held to comparison to the users or the experimental group. The subjects in the experimental group are selected for the frequent use of the stimulant methamphetamine and the subjects in the control are polled at random and held to comparison to show the deterioration that is cause by meth use.
Also users that experience the neurological effects will be analyzed the most thoroughly and why the drug affects the brain. Results The research suggests that the use of meth over time will cause the deterioration of the brain, this deterioration has ben proven to cause stroke and frequent seizures. The research also found that meth has a big role in narrowing the veins more so when the drug is used through injection due to the speed it spreads though the body, this narrowing increases the chances for neurological issues such as stroke and seizures which can be fatal in some cases.
Research Knowledge Gained This research adds to the knowledge that meth is one of the most dangerous drugs available today. Along with its distinct physical effects of tooth loss and tweak cabs this drug can effect the brain in ways that can lead to serious disorders such as epilepsy, also the drug can increase your risk for stroke which in most cases is fatal. Conclusion My conclusion for this essay would be that more education should be presented to youths who have the potential of obtaining this dangerous drug.
With the research that is already known and the research provided I believe with the proper presentation we can shine the light on this dark drug. If we can educate awareness and the truth behind the use of this party drug maybe we can reduce the number of ersons this drug affects everyday. Ricaurte GA, Langston JW. Neurological complications of substance abuse. In: Aminoff MI, ed. Neurology and general medicine: the neurological aspects of medical disorders.
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