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What exactly is the definition of a narcotic A narcotic is a habit forming drug that dulls the senses relieves pain or induces sleep Wouldnt that make almost all drugs illegal The difference between the legal and illegal drugs is that there is no difference in one way or another they can alter the mind if not properly taken In the world today drugs are looked at as a serious crime even though most abused drugs are legal The majority of the drugs in this country are legal and most anyone can get them As a person who has been there and done that I can easily say that getting any kind of drug is fairly simple in todays society Many high school teens in this day and age will try drugs either legal or illegal Also many will become frequent users About sixty-nine million Americans over the age of twelve have tried marijuana About half of those 69 million are frequent users of the drug Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in the United States it is also Californias largest cash crop The average age between 12 to 17 years old to try marijuana for the first time was 14 years old Surveys held throughout the US for students grades 8 to 12 shows that 23 of 8th graders have tried marijuana and are frequent users by 10th grade however 50 of 12th graders have tried and 24 are still frequent users Some effects of marijuana usage are an enhanced cancer risk an increase of testosterone levels in women and psychological dependence of the drug A popular pair of club drugs is ecstasy and methamphetamine also know as speed or meth These two drugs are made illegally in homemade meth or acid labs Both drugs speed up your heart rate and usually result in stroke or heart attacks 128 million Americans ages 12 and up have been reported to use either drug Sometimes
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