Drugs are at the center of attention for high school and college aged students because of their popularity and dangerous side effects. The most common drugs in the United States are stimulants, such as tobacco, and hallucinogenics, such as marijuana. There are many different drugs, and many of them have different side effects, but they are all dangerous because they impair judgement, rev up the nervous system, or produce alterations in perception, mood, and thoughts. Drugs are so dangerous because an overdose or the use of some drugs over a long period of time can lead to serious brain damage or even death.
Because of the dangerous side effects of drugs, most of these drugs are illegal in the United States. The only drug listed above that is not illegal is tobacco, and this drug is heavily taxed to encourage people to not buy it. People should be aware of the dangers of drugs to better protect themselves from the dangers they carry. Below is an example of what the abuse of drugs can do to a person over time.