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Final Speech

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Evans McCarttTo persuade people to not do drugs. Drug abuse hurts the people who take drugs and the people around them, including families, kids, and babies who aren't yet born.Drug abuse also hurts the body and the brain, sometimes forever. 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. It is most often used recreationally for this effect. Cocaine is a potent central nervous system stimulant. Its effects can last from 20 minutes to several hours, depending upon the dosage of cocaine taken, purity, and method of administration. The initial signs of stimulation are hyperactivity, restlessness, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate and euphoria. The euphoria is sometimes followed by feelings of discomfort and depression and a craving to experience the drug again. Side effects can include twitching, paranoia, and impotence, which usually increases with frequent usage.Methamphetamine shortened to meth or ice, is a psychostimulant and sympathomimetic drug. Methamphetamine enters the brain and triggers a cascading release of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. Since it stimulates the mesolimbic reward pathway causing euphoria and excitement it is prone to abuse and addiction. Users may become obsessed or perform repetitive tasks such as cleaning, hand-washing, or assembling and disassembling objects. Withdrawal is characterized by excessive sleeping, eating and depression like symptoms, often accompanied by anxiety and drug-craving.Lysergic acid diethylamide, LSD or acid is a semisynthetic psychedelic drug of the tryptamine family. Arguably the most regarded of all psychedelics, it is considered mainly as a recreational drug, an entheogen, and a tool in use to supplement various types of exercises for transcendence including in meditation, psychonautics, and illegal psychedelic psychotherapy whether self administered or not. LSD's psychological effects vary greatly from person to person, depending on factors such as previous experiences, state of mind and environment, as well as dose strength. They also vary from one trip to another, and even as time passes during a single trip. An LSD trip can have long term psychoemotional effects some users cite the LSD experience as causing significant changes in their personality and life perspective. Widely different effects emerge based on what Leary called set and setting the "set" being the general mindset of the user, and the "setting" being the physical and social environment in which the drug's effects are experienced.Cannabis, known as marijuana in its herbal form, is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis...

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