Illegal drugs are a growing problem in America and across
the globe. The amount and kinds of illegal drugs being used
also continues to grow and change with the advent of manufactured
designer drugs and the use of everyday products as ingredients.
Illegal drugs have a substantial market and continue to elude
drug officials in their efforts to contain the problem.
Heroin remains one the most addictive and deadly illegal drugs being used in
America. Heroin is a derivative of poppy and is therefore classified as an opiate.
This illegal drug comes in powder form and is used intravenously, also contributing
to the rise of AIDS and other communicable diseases from the sharing of used
needles. Heroin addiction is one of the toughest habits to break and the withdrawal
symptoms can be as deadly as the use of the drug itself. Therefore, this illegal
drug costs millions in health care and recovery programs in addition to the money
being spent by taxpayers to law enforcement in an attempt to contain the problem.
The 1980’s saw a growing illegal drug epidemic with the manufacturing of
crack cocaine. Crack provides an instant, but quickly fleeting high which leads
to addicted individual to immediately begin seeking out more. Not only highly
addictive, crack cocaine is one of the cheaper illegal drugs and therefore, one
of the easiest to obtain. Addictive illegal drugs such as crack lead to many
other societal problems. Addicted individuals may engage in illegal drug seeking
activities such as robbery, theft or prostitution in order to achieve the next
The newest and most deadly epidemic in illegal drugs felt by America is crystal
meth or “ice”. Crystal meth is manufactured from everyday household
ingredients and is therefore very difficult to enforce. One of the most popular
illegal drugs, crystal meth addiction is growing at an alarming rate and affecting
people from all walks of life.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.