Five Drug Myth Busters

Marielle GenovesiCulture Editor 

“Natural drugs aren’t as bad”
1. Okay. So the idea that some drugs are alright because they come from the ground is essentially saying that being a compulsive eater of cheese isn’t as bad as being a heavy eater of ice cream. They’re both diary products. Marijuana, mushrooms and any other “natural” highs made possible by mother nature still alter your brain chemistry. One isn’t necessarily “better” for you in the long run than the other.   

“Legal drugs are better for you”
2. Just because you can get it over the counter doesn’t mean it’s a magic potion. It also doesn’t mean that if you follow all the rules these “legal drugs” will be the best for you in the long run. Medications can still be addictive, and can definitely be dangerous if the prescribed dosage is exceeded, or if drugs are mixed. According to the National Institute on Drug abuse (NIDA), “Prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older.” Some commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opoids, central nervous system depressants and stimulants.

“Snorting crack cocaine is more dangerous than smoking cocaine”   
3. Crack cocaine is the crystal form of cocaine, which normally comes in powder form. Crack, which is heated and smoked, is the more potent form of cocaine. If smoked, it will reach the brain more quickly, and the high will be both immediate and intense. But let’s get real; just because the high is almost instantaneous doesn’t mean it is any more dangerous than snorting the drug. The psychoactive effects of both substances are essentially the same.

“Ecstasy is a safe drug”
4. Even though ecstasy is usually made in home labs, it isn’t necessarily a safer bet. Ecstasy can be laced with substances like heroin, cocaine, speed, Valium and caffeine, so the user might never know what they have put in their body. On top of being a surprise package of drugs, studies show that ecstasy can harm your sexual performance, and even your mood-control. Basically, the “feel-good” part of your brain may be damaged. Ain’t got no time for that.

“There’s cocaine in Coca-Cola”
5. Can you imagine what would happen to the world if millions of people drank a bit of cocaine every day? The truth is, yes, the popular soda made from coca leaves once had trace amounts of cocaine in it. But by 1929, there was scarcely any of the drug left in the bubbly drink. Also, back in the day, the negative effects of cocaine weren’t exactly known. So don’t chug down those cans in hopes of a high.

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