Becoming Addicted… What Are The Costs?

by KidsSafe on September 12, 2012

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Addiction - What are the costs?

What is Addiction, it’s the continued use of a mood altering substance or behaviour despite adverse dependency consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors. Addictions can include, but are not limited to, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, exercise abuse, pornography and gambling.

Classic hallmarks of addiction include: impaired control over substances/behavior, preoccupation with substance/behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs).

Check out our KOKS specialty articles on: Dangerous Drugs, and Trending Teens Internet Bad Behaviors!

Ranked from most to least dangerous, the ten most dangerous substances were deemed to be:

  • Heroin – popular street names include smack, skag, and junk.
  • Cocaine – often referred to as snow, flake, coke, and blow.
  • Barbiturates – popular slang names include yellow jackets, reds, blues, Amy’s, and rainbows.
  • Street Methadone
  • Alcohol
  • Ketamine – a powerful hallucinogen, often referred to as Special K.
  • Benzodiazepines – a family of sedative drugs.
  • Amphetamines – known as greenies among baseball players. (MethAmphetamines)
  • Tobacco
  • Buprenorphine – also called bupe or subbies.

The remaining drugs that were assessed in this study ranked as follows:

  • Cannabis – includes marijuana.
  • Solvents – volatile substances that can be inhaled, such as glue, nail polish remover, paints, hair spray, and lighter fuel (gas).
  • 4-MTA – is a derivative of amphetamine and has similar effects to ecstasy.
  • LSD
  • Methylphenidate – central nervous system stimulant, commonly sold as ritalin.
  • Anabolic steroids
  • GHB – short for Gamma hydroxybutyrate, a powerful central nervous system depressant, most commonly known as the date rape drug.
  • Ecstasy
  • Alkyl nitrates – group of drugs commonly referred to as poppers.
  • Khat – an amphetamine-like stimulant. Read full story.

* additional Dangerous Drugs notes…

Please TALK to your Kids!!! it does make a difference!

Well, it might as well be said, some of you are thinking about it. The same applies to guns, guns are not dangerous, and the people who carelessly misuse guns are dangerous. Drugs are not dangerous until people misuse them. That is going to be the point of this discussion.

Probably the most dangerous drug our children will encounter is curiosity and listening to peers. The need for children to experiment or whether it be for financial gain, either way, it is a growing concern regarding the misuse of drugs.

* additional resources…

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