~ ~ George Earle Bull Dogs say NO to Drugs! ~ ~ ~
A drug is any substance
other than food that can affect the way your mind and body work.
Certain drugs called mind-altering drugs can change the way a
person thinks, feels, and acts.
Drugs that speed
up a person are called stimulants .
Drugs that slow
a person down are called depressants .
Drugs that change
the ways a person
sees, feels, and hears are called hallucinogens .
Young people usually use
mind-altering drugs, probably because they are not sure of themselves.
They feel if they take these drugs they will be accepted by the
"in" people. Or some might feel if they take these drugs,
they will feel better about themselves. Some of these drugs that
children are using are:
- This is a substance
found in cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and snuff that is very
addicting. People have a lot of trouble when they try to quit
smoking cigarettes. The best way to stop is never to start.
is a stimulant and increases the heart rate.
This causes the blood vessels to narrow and then the heart has
to work harder. The tar
found in cigarettes
has been proven to cause cancer, usually of the lungs but it
can also affect other organs. Cancer is a leading cause of death
in the United States today. The D.A.R.E. booklet says that the
number of people who die each day from smoking cigarettes is
the same as two full jumbo jets crashing without any saved lives.
smoke is also proven
to be dangerous to your health.
made from the fermenting of fruits, grains, or any food with
a high sugar content.
is a depressant that is absorbed into the bloodstream
through the stomach and intestines. Abuse of alcohol can cause
damage to your internal organs, such as the liver. It is the
cause of a large number of deaths or disabilities each year.
Drinking alcohol can cause:
- Loss of coordination;
- Increase in violence
- Inability to learn and
- Personality changes;
- Trouble with other people.
is known by a lot
of other names, such as grass, pot, weed and reefers. Most people
think it is a depressant, because of the lethargy it
causes. Its primary active substance is tetrahydrocannabinol
produces a state
of altered consciousness with feelings of detachment (wanting
to be alone) and silliness. Generally, it causes:
- Slow reflexes;
- Poor memory;
- Short attention span;
- Inability to think;
- Changes in sense of
time and space.
isn't a real chemically
addictive drug, but you can still become used to its effect.
After using it for a long time, you can:
- Have difficulty remembering
what you have learned or what you know to be real;
- Become slow and dull;
- Have low ambition; and
- Become dependent upon
is a highly addicting
. It is made from
the leaves of the coca plant. In South America some natives chew
the leaves. When mixed with the saliva, cocaine is created. It
can be snorted through the nose, smoked when it is changed into
crystals, or injected into the body.
- Like all stimulants,
cocaine will increase your heart rate, but to dangerous degrees.
It has been known to create breathing problems and heart attacks.
Also, if you snort cocaine, you can damage the lining in your
- Cocaine can cause you
to become confused, unable to think clearly, and short-tempered
- Since cocaine is so
addictive and alters your mind, when people run out of their
drug they will do crazy things to get money to buy more. The
news is filled with stories about how someone was murdered for
are any kind of chemical
substances that can be inhaled or sniffed to create a personality
change (altered behavior). They include glue, paints and thinners,
gasoline, substances in any aerosol cans such as PAM.
- The word inhalant itself means that you are putting
your lungs in danger. If you use inhalants long enough, you can
also cause permanent damage to your liver and other body parts.
Just recently a NW Indiana teenager died when he inhaled PAM.
- Inhalants can also be
chemically and emotionally addictive.
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