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Abuse Of Drugs Abuse of drugs can have effects on the user even after the use of drugs has stopped Different drugs produce different effects depending on the user type of drug and severity of abuse New research is done every day in the area of drug abuse that makes finding accurate results on the broad topic of drug abuse very difficult From the most recent studies only can one find data that is presently accepted as correct These numerous studies provide enough data to explain the effects of both legal and illegal drugs To understand how drugs work it is necessary to understand the changes that take place in different areas of the body when drugs take affect Found in the brain are the synapses the interaction point of two neurons Perrine 1996 The synapses in the brain are often the main target of a drug altering the perception of something at the point of perception When a drug is taken it attaches itself to receptors in the brain which have a pattern chemically similar to the neurotransmitters that send and receive messages in the brain Perrine makes the analogy of a drug to receptors as a hand to a doorknob Because certain drugs can attach themselves to these receptors they may become blocked and the neurotransmitters originally being sent by the brains neurons are forced to wander around the brain until it can find another similar receptor possibly creating a false signal Perrine 1996 The physiological responses created by these false signals sent by both the drug and the extraneous neurotransmitters are what are perceived to be the effects of the drugs However the effects of drugs vary greatly from person to person Perrine states that are four main aspects to keep in mind when considering the effects of drugs on each individual person 1 the individual the particular human being both as a unique biological organism with a possibly idiosyncratic
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