Narcotics Essay

465 words - 2 pages

Narcotics: Narcotics decrease the sensitivity
to the sensory stimuli because it has a depressant
effect on the central nervous system. Opium,
morphine, codeine, heroin, meperidine, and
methadone are types of narcotics. Natural and
synthetic opiates are considered medically
valuable because they are effective pain relievers.
A reduction of physical activity and drowsiness
are the effects of opiates. Once consuming opiate
you might feel such uncomfortable feelings as
nausea, vomiting and itching. Too much use of
opiate leads to dependency, both physical and
psychological. Sedatives: Sedatives have a
depressant effect on the central nervous system
and is used to treat epilepsy, high blood pressure,
mental disorders and insomnia. Overdoses can
easily come by and fatal withdrawal can also
follow. Emotions become unpredictable, slurred
speech becomes apparent. Sedatives are another
example of fatal withdrawal and dependency.
Withdrawal can cause a convulsion because it was
related with it. Alcohol: Ethyl alcohol is the most
widely used drug and is labeled as a depressant of
the central nervous system. The reason why it is so
known and its effects are also well known is
because drinking alcohol is socially acceptable.
Such effects are mild euphoria and a decrease of
inhibitions. Alcohol can also cause a depressed
feeling, decreased activity and/or sleep. The
control centers in the brain become depressed and
drunkenness occurs once the depressed brainstem
release inhibitions in the cerebrum. Once the
cerebrum has released, impairment of thought,
organization and motor activity follows. Alcohol
has a major physiological effect of the depression
of synaptic transmission. Tranquilizers:
Tranquilizers decrease tension and anxiety without
producing sleep, or significantly impairing mental
and physical function. Although categorized as a
drug, tranquilizers are used to...

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