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Street drugs: Illegal and risky

There are many kinds of drugs in the world. Some are made in manufacturing facilities. Others are street drugs made in self-made laboratories by individuals creating illicit mixtures.

Of the drugs that are available, street drugs are some of the most dangerous. They have no guarantee of safety and may pose a serious threat to your health. So-called designer drugs are intended to stimulate the brain and increase dopamine levels, to reduce pain and even to induce feelings of euphoria. Unfortunately, it's not easy to know what's in these drugs, which is why they so easily lead to overdoses.

What are some common street drugs?

Some common street drugs include:

  • Methamphetamine
  • Cocaine
  • Crystal methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Kratom

Each of these is illegal and has no specific medical use in the United States. If you're caught with any of them, you can expect more significant penalties than if you were in possession of lower-level drugs.

What are some of the serious health effects of street drugs?

All drugs are a little different, but some of the serious health effects you may see with street drug use include:

  • Violence
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis
  • Chest pain
  • Panic attacks
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney failure

You should also be aware that street drugs are not monitored in any way. What you take one time may not be the same as what you take the next, even if it's called the same thing. This is what creates the greatest risk of an overdose, which can cause death.

Can you seek drug addiction treatment instead of going to prison?

Drug addiction treatment is often a better choice than simply sending a person to prison. Why? It gives them an opportunity to break free of addiction and build coping mechanisms to help them stay sober. Many prison systems do not have addiction treatment programs, so people who are addicted return to their negative behaviors as soon as they are released.

If you are interested in seeking drug addiction treatment after an arrest, speak with your attorney about the opportunity. It may be possible to seek substance abuse treatment in lieu of going to prison, or you may be able to have a portion of the prison sentence waived if you agree to go through treatment. It's worth discussing, since this can be a good program for your health and one that creates an opportunity for negotiation with the prosecution.

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