At JVA, we’re always working to stay educated on how drug usage is evolving. Below are 10 facts about drugs and how they impact users and the people around them.
- Methamphetamines are 3x stronger than cocaine.
- Cocaine is the 7th most popular drug in the world after alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, caffeinated energy drinks, MDMA & Shisha Tobacco.
- More than 100,000 babies are born addicted to cocaine each year in the U.S. due to their mothers’ use of the drug during pregnancy.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that nearly one-fourth of people who try heroin will become addicted.
- Depressants, opioids and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines (39%) combined.
- 15.7 years old is the average age where drug use begins for Canadians.
- Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.
- And, with Fentanyl, just a quarter of a milligram (.25 milligrams) can kill you.
- The danger of fentanyl isn’t just to users – It can be a threat to anyone who knowingly or unknowingly come into contact with it.
- Most deaths attributed to Ecstasy and MDMA aren’t considered overdoses.
Both crack cocaine and methamphetamine prevent the reuptake of dopamine, which allows it to collect and thus prolongs and increases its effects. Although crack cocaine works only at the synapse level, methamphetamine can also penetrate the neuron, and thus cause permanent cell damage.
Meth is made with Acetone (found in nail polish remover), lithium (found in batteries), hydrochloric acid, and more harmful drugs. Ingesting any one of these ingredients individually could kill a person, but together they create a highly addictive substance that can cause over-stimulation, psychosis, and more.
It’s not only yourself that you do harm to by purchasing cocaine.
Buying cocaine funds the exploitation of impoverished people, destroys and pollutes large areas of rainforest, forces people from their homes so coca can be grown on their land, and results in the murder of those who stand in the way of powerful crime groups. In fact, 164,000 people were murdered 2007 and 2014 due to cocaine-related crime in Mexico alone.
The addiction factor in cocaine is such that it can cause pregnant mothers to be unable to stop using the drug during pregnancy. This can cause extreme health risks for the child, including sudden infant death, behavioral issues, learning disabilities and more.
Heroin is an exceptionally powerful drug with a high probability of addiction. This is because the brain’s receptors for heroin are located in the parts of the brain that are responsible for pleasure. When heroin is metabolized, it breaks down into morphine which binds to the opioid receptors in the brain. After someone uses heroin, their pain signaling pathways become overactive, resulting in the user feeling the need for more heroin to feel “normal”.
The media is abuzz with the issue of prescription buzz abuse, and for good reason. Often legal depressants, opioids & antidepressants cause more deaths than illegal drugs.
How old were you when you were first witnessed or used drugs? For canadians, this usually starts in highschool when they are 15.7 years old. This is significant age, as the teen drug can have long-term cognitive and behavioral effects since the teenage brain is still developing until the age of 25. Additionally, teens that use drugs have a greater risk of developing an addiction when they are adults.
That is equivalent to the size of just two grains of sand. This is what makes it so popular for drug suppliers to use – just the tiniest amount can increase the potency of a drug, keeping their margins profitable and their customers satisfied.
The drug can be absorbed through the skin or accidentally inhaled. That means that naked fentanyl, even if not purposely consumed, can have a potentially lethal effect.
Ecstasy and MDMA have long been popular party drugs that allow users to feel a sense of euphoria & energy. But did you know that overdosing on the MDMA is very unlikely. While an Ecstasy overdose is possible, deaths from Ecstasy/MDMA are more likely to occur as a result of overheating and dehydration. Ecstasy abuse can cause hyperthermia, an increase in body temperature due to both the stimulant effects of the drug, and the crowded, warm places the drug is usually taken, such as clubs, raves, etc.
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Sources for these facts:
- University of Arizona
- The Global Drug Survey
- PBS Frontline
- The National Crime Agency
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Addiction Center