Top 5 Hard Drugs And Their Side Effects On The User


Drug abuse is a common problem in the world today and it gets worse by the day. While some movies, music, and the social media can make the use of hard drugs appear cool , fun, and on point, there are also a lot of negative side effects attached to the use of hard drugs. Drugs can negatively affect your relationship with people, your mental, psychological and physical health, and your life in general. Using hard drugs is a choice but while you are at it, it is important to know both the short-term and long-term effects of the drugs on your health and life in general.

In no particular order, here are top 5 hard drugs people use everyday


Heroin is an opioid painkiller also prescribed as an analgesic, cough suppressant and as an antidiarrhoeal. It is also a highly addictive and an illegal drug used by millions of drug addicts around the globe.

Heroin is an opiate gotten from the processed extracts of the opium poppy. It was initially created to help cure people who are addicted to morphine. When it crosses the blood-brain barrier after introduction of the drug into the bloodstream, heroin is converted into morphine, and this mimics the effects of endorphin, creating a sense of  euphoria described as an “orgasm”. One of the most common methods of using heroin is through intravenous injection.


Also known as benzoylmethylecgonine or coke, Cocaine is a strong stimulant obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. It stimulates the central nervous system and also serves as an appetite suppressant, leading to what has been described as a euphoric sense of highness and increased energy. It is most often used recreationally for this effect. Cocaine is a potent central nervous system stimulant. Its effects can last from 20 minutes to several hours, depending on the dosage of drug taken, its  purity, and the method used in administering it. The immediate signs of stimulation are hyperactivity, restlessness, increased heart blood pressure, increased heart rate and a feeling of happiness.

The most common methods of administering cocaine are snorting, inhaling and  injecting into the veins.


Popularly shortened to meth or ice, Methamphetamime, is a psycho-stimulant and sympathomimetic drug that  goes into the brain and causes the brain to release  norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin causing euphoria and excitement, it is a good candidate for abuse and addiction. Users of this drug may become obsessed with tasks such as cleaning things, hand-washing, or arranging  and rearranging  objects. it is often followed by anxiety and the craving for more drugs. Withdrawal for this drug is often characterized by too much sleeping, eating and symptoms similar to depression.

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Opium is a pitchy narcotic processed from the latex released by scoring the young seed pods of opium poppies (Papaver somniferum). This contains up to 16% morphine which is an opiate alkaloid, which is mostly produced chemically to produce heroin for illegal drug trade around the world. Opium has gradually been replaced by a variety of more purified, semi-synthetic, and synthetic opioids with moderately stronger effect, and by other regular anesthesia. This process started in 1817, when Friedrich Wilhelm Adam Sertürner reported that pure morphine from opium should be isolated after  about thirteen years of research and a nearly disastrous trial on himself and three other boys.


Marijuana  is the herbal form and a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa. Man has been consuming cannabis since prehistory but in the 20th century there was a rise in the use of cannabis for recreational, spiritual, and also medicinal purposes. A good percentage of the world’s adult population use cannabis everyday. It has psychoactive effect when consumed and gives a sense of excessive strength and highness. The method of administration is usually by smoking or ingestion. The extent of intoxication due to cannabis consumption  lies on factors such as potency, dose, chemical composition and method of consumption


Hard drugs has immediate and long term side effects on the user and the person might end up having a bad time contrary to the reason for taking the drug. Frequent use of hard drugs can cause permanent damage to the the health of the user. The side effects include




~panic attacks





~schizophrenic and psychotic behavior. This is close to total madness

~hostile and aggressive behavior

~Unnecessary violence, often for no particular reason

~eventual permanent damage to brain, liver, kidneys and heart.

~unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases(STD) are likely to happen when one is in a state of highness and out of control

~financial problems may arise due to the high cost of staying high

~may also lead to death