Methods of drug use
Drug addiction is an illness that many people face every day. They are compulsive drug seekers that cannot control their cravings. It affects the way your brain functions, including learning, memory, and behavior. Pharmokinetics which is the process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and eliminated, is another factor for drug abusers. There are certain elements when using drugs. The way they enter your body (route), how fast it reaches the brain, and a certain attraction for nerve cells and neurotransmitters. The more rapidly a psychoactive drug reaches its target in the central nervous system, the greater its reinforcing effect. Although it is the person’s choice to take the drugs, the drugs most often take over the person.
In many cases drug abusers are not particular in the way they use drugs, especially in emergencies. If they don’t have the syringes to inject the drug, they use foil to inhale it. If they can’t find foil then they sniff or smoke it. There are many methods that drug abusers use to get their “high”.
One method of choice is inhaling, which is quicker than any other method. The smoke enters the lungs and is absorbed by the capillaries of the bronchi and only takes seven to ten seconds to enter the brain. Another name for this method is “chasing the dragon.” This method is used for freebase coke, crack, cocaine, speedballs, and heroin. Even though inhaling is safer than injecting and reduces the risk for HIV it can still cause lung damage.
Injecting is another method that drug abusers use. By using a syringe they inject heroin, speed, cocaine, and methamphetamine intravenously (directly into the bloodstream), intramuscularly (into muscle mass), and subcutaneously (under the skin). The drug of choice is usually placed on a spoon or bottom of a cut soda can. It’s then dissolved in water and acid and then heated. It is then put into a syringe and injected into a vein. It takes 15-30 seconds intravenously...