Drugs Essentially Are Poisons
Problems inherent in drug use can be viewed from physical, mental, emotional, educational, social, spiritual and legal aspects.
The physical effects of drugs range from temporary stimulation or sedation of the body to coma and death.
The man who developed Narconons method of rehabilitation, author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard, said it best. Drugs essentially are poisons. The degree that they are taken determines the effect. A small amount gives a stimulant. A greater amount acts as a sedative. A larger amount acts as a poison and can kill one dead.
When one consumes a drug, the body attempts to eliminate it as quickly as possible through urination, excretion, vomiting, sweating, exhalation or through the sebaceous glands of the skin. Liver enzymes attack and break down drug molecules. At the same time, drug residues move to fatty tissues of the body and lodge there. All of the above processes occur in varying degrees after taking a drug.
Drugs affect the nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory and reproductive systems. They cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies, altered eating habits often leading to malnutrition, and altered sleeping states. Extended use increases wear and tear on the body. We have all seen such cases; many wind up on our streets, addicted and uncared for.
Drugs have varying degrees of toxicity, but the gateway drugs and the common street drugs methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, LSD and ecstasy put tremendous stress on the body.
The old line about gambling, When you play, you pay, applies to drugs. There is no free ride.
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