Adolescent Drug Users Turn Compulsive Addicts

by Medindia Content Team on  July 6, 2006 at 3:43 PM Drug News
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Adolescent Drug Users Turn Compulsive Addicts
According to a recent research it was found that teenagers who were taking cannabis on a regular basis became addicts to other hard drugs later in their life.

Teenagers turn in to heroin addiction later in their life due to the positive emotion that they derive by taking these drugs. Cannabis is considered to be the gateway drug which further leads a person to get exposed to other hard drugs. Adolescents become primed and then later crave the chemical stimulation of hard drugs.

Previously it was thought that the craving for drugs was mainly due to peer or emotional pressures or easy availability of the drug but now it is found that early exposure induces craving and turns teenagers to addicts. The study results were published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology. The researchers studied the effects of drugs on rats by exposing them to cannabis. Initially they were given a small amount of these drugs but slowly started to take larger doses of opium when trained to self administer when compared to other rodents. Dr Yasmin Hurd of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, said cannabis acts on the brain's natural chemicals and thereby increases the positive emotions.

Keywords: Dr Yasmin Hurd, teenagers, positive emotion, cannabis, Adolescents, hard drugs, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, opium, addicts, chemical stimulation, craving.

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guest Friday, July 21, 2006

Your "journalist" has obviously not read the report. It would take a twisted mind to reach the "gateway drug" conclusion on the basis of the experiments. In fact, the experiments showed greater intelligence in the THC rats. But why not read it for yourself abd find out? Assuming you CAN read, that is.

guest Monday, July 10, 2006

This is quite ridiculous, firstly millions of people have used cannabis and not all of have ended up heroin addicts. sure people addicted to heroin may have started by using cannabis, these people would be using heroin if cannabis never even existed because they're just that type of person. Anyway those who use cannabis probably started by using tobacco, so doen't that make that the gateway drug?

guest Thursday, July 6, 2006

Whoever wrote this article either did not read the report or is deliberately trying to mislead your readers. Either way it is unnecessary scaremongering.

guest Thursday, July 6, 2006

The article on teenage drug addiction has some of the worst grammar and punctuation I've ever seen in a published piece of work.

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