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The Top 10 Most Addictive Drugs

There are almost 230 million people in the world who are dependent on some kind of illicit substance. The use of recreational drugs is most common among the younger generation, although drug users can be found in almost each age group, irrespective of gender, race or religion.

The indulgence of youth in the drug trade and their addiction is one of the most serious public health concerns that countries face today. The drugs make the youth cripple and unworthy of any social movements. Several countries have already estimated the danger that is upon them. Despite these countries’ efforts to eradicate the drug trade completely, illegal traders manage to find some loopholes in the system to continue the supply of drugs. The addiction of the drug addicts and their continuously lethal craving towards various kinds of drugs has helped the drug traders to continue and even grow their business in a considerable way.

Apart from the illegal drugs, some legal drugs or medicines are also used extensively as narcotic elements. The addiction towards those drugs gradually converts to desperation and out of desperation; the addicts take ferocious steps and commit horrible crimes. The complicacy the society is facing because of the drugs has gone beyond any control.

The list of those drugs as follows:

10. GHB

GHB is the short form of the chemical substance GABA. The span of the effect of those drugs is limited to a mere two to four hours. But the withdrawal rate is very lengthy, sometimes lasting for more than ten to fourteen days. The drugs include the most infamous date rape drugs and club drugs. The quitting procedure of these drugs results in severe insomnia, delirium and hallucinations among other symptoms.

9. Benzodiazepines

This type of drugs includes the more common medicinal drugs such as Klonopin, Valium and Xanax among others. It is also a substance of GABA and is more extensively used to calm down the nerves. This type of drugs gets adapted by the body very quickly and builds a tolerance level for itself. As the tolerance level grows, quitting becomes even harder.

8. Amphetamines

Amphetamines are one of the most addictive drugs which make quitting almost impossible. Although they are not as addictive as meth, but have a long lasting effect on the users. They create euphoria, extra energy, weight loss a sort of feeling of self accomplishment in heavy rates.

7. Cocaine

Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It is both a stimulant of the central nervous system and an appetite suppressant, giving rise to what has been described as a euphoric sense of happiness and increased energy.Its effects can last from 20 minutes to several hours, depending upon the dosage of cocaine taken, purity, and method of administration.

6. Alcohol

Alcohol is undoubtedly the most common, widely used drug. It has been used by mankind for centuries. Most addicts around the globe are addicted to alcohol. The withdrawal rate of alcohol is the worst and once addicted it becomes almost impossible to get rid of it.

5. Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine imitates two important chemicals in the brain which are dopamine and norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of alertness and energy. Meth can release as much as 10 times the normal level of dopamine, and the excess of artificial norepinephrine suppresses natural adrenaline production messing up the chemical balance in the brain.

4. Methadone

Methadone is generally used to treat morphine or heroin addiction. The risk of addiction is very low while taken under medical supervision. Its effects are similar to the effects that heroin causes and the withdrawal often lasts longer than a month.

3. Nicotine

The addictive potential of nicotine is very high. Although nicotine is being used from the very onset of civilization, the addictive prowess of it was never neglected. More than half of the total population of the world is addicted to nicotine.

2. Crack Cocaine

This is the purest form of cocaine. Although crack cocaine and powder cocaine have similar chemical compositions and effects, smoking processed crack causes a faster, higher rush that lasts for less time (about 10 minutes, versus 15-30 for powder cocaine). The intensity of the high combined with the efficient method of ingestion smoking are the main reason why addiction rates are higher for crack than they are for snorted powder.

1. Heroin

Heroin’s ability to quickly penetrate the brain, results in the surge of intense euphoria or the “rush” heroin addicts experience. It activates your brain’s reward system and essentially tricks the brain into halting the production of reward feelings on its own, so that after a time, the user cannot experience any good feelings without the aid of the drug. This is why heroin users experience intense drug cravings when the drug is stopped.

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