Dimensions Health Special - Recreational Drugs
As a story, alcohol has good chapters and bad. It's legal and socially acceptable, but it's a drug which directly and indirectly claims more than four thousand lives each year and costs the community upwards of 4.5 billion dollars.
The hype surrounding the love drug ecstasy is associated with a few well-publicised deaths. However the problem that should be highlighted is ecstasy use may have adverse effects on memory and anxiety disorders.
On the one hand research suggests that marijuana will damage cognitive function in long term heavy users. It's also believed to trigger depression, particularly in young women. On the flip side however, marijuana is thought to have some important medicinal uses and may even have the capacity to be neural protective.
Adolescent smokers are the hardest group to convince they're addicts. A new study is showing why.
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