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TOP 3 DRUGS USED IN THE UNITED STATES

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Annually in the United States, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration performs a study to evaluate drug trends across the country. The most recent National Survey of Drug Use and Health is from 2016, and found that nearly 30 million Americans use illicit recreational drugs every year.

  • Marijuana

Marijuana is not only a hot topic in legal debates, it is the number 1 most popular illicit recreational drug in this country. Cannabis is slowly starting to become legal in some capacity.

30 states have legalized medicinal cannabis, and 9 more have legalized cannabis for recreational use. A lot of research has been done, but much more needs to follow.

We have an idea of how cannabis affects the body and how it can help with certain illnesses, but we are still fuzzy on the long-term effects. Studies indicate that marijuana use before the age of 18 may affect the brain’s development.

  • Cocaine

As far as illicit recreational drugs go, cocaine holds the position as both second most popular and second in the # of lives claimed by the drug. In the 1980’s, crack cocaine took over thousands of lives, demolishing whole cities in the process.

Cocaine and crack cocaine are similar, but crack cocaine is usually cooked with additives to produce a cheaper product that can be smoked instead of snorted. Cocaine is a stimulant that comes from the coca plant found in South America. Stimulants do exactly what the name suggests; they stimulate and elevate.  

Emergency rooms have been witnessing more coke overdoses in the last few years due to an influx of opiate-laced cocaine invading the country.

  • LSD (Acid)

Lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD, or acid is a hallucinogenic drug that hit its peak in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The hallucinogen alters Serotonin levels as well as perception and mood. In 2013, 10 percent of American admitted to using LSD at some point in their lifetime. Long-term use of LSD has been known the cause delusions, anxiety, paranoia, and panic attacks.

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