Drug addiction poses a serious problem in humans today. Commonly abused drugs such as alcohol, Opiates, Nicotine, Connibis, Cocaine, and amphetamine have all put today’s youth a considerable risk. Alcohol abuse, often ending in car accidents, detal alcohol syndrome, Cirrhosis of liver.. and so on. Cocaine addiction leading to psychotic behaviour, brain damage, vulnerability to stress and death by overdose. Our youth has been exposed to the unknown dangers of “designers drugs”, where they run the risk of contamination and often users find out that they acquired Parkinson’s disease after taking synthetic opiate tainted with neurotoxins.
This study was designed to look at the effects of one of the most commonly abused drugs in USA today, Cocaine also known as ‘crack’. Although, sadly, its is not a true representation of Australian youth since amphetamines is the most common drug in Australia. The hypothesis of this study suggests that Cocaine users are more vulnerable to stress then normal people. Cocaine is a drug which acts as a potent dopamine agonist. It binds with and deactivates the dopamine transporters proteins, thus blocking the reuptake of dopamine after it has been released from the terminal buttons. It basically blocks the reuptake pumps in a nerve cell transmission, which act to remove dopamine from the synapse. More dopamine accumulates in the synapse, resulting in feelings of intense pleasure. When people take cocaine, they become euphoric, talkative and feel more powerful and confident, due to increased levels of dopamine. But what goes up, must come down. Regular cocaine abusers show psychotic behaviour such as hallucinations, delusions, mood disturbances and repetitive behaviour. This is due to the brain coming to depend on cocaine, and because there is not enough dopamine in the synapses, the person experiences the opposite of pleasure, which is depression, stress and so on.
Stress is a consequence of our everyda