Unfortunately, we live in a culture that has a number of illegal drugs. Most of these drugs are not necessarily automatically killers but there are several that are. These are the top 10 killer drugs in the United States. Although there is some disagreement between experts as to which is the deadliest, they are all …
Top 10 Killer Drugs
Unfortunately, we live in a culture that has a number of illegal drugs. Most of these drugs are not necessarily automatically killers but there are several that are. These are the top 10 killer drugs in the United States. Although there is some disagreement between experts as to which is the deadliest, they are all capable of killing.
Alcohol is responsible for a great many deaths including deaths due to:
- slow death due to liver or kidney damage,
- secondary death due to alcohol related violence and drunk driving,
- death due to alcohol poisoning, and
- death due to alcohol withdrawal.
These deaths number in the thousands each year. Many argue that the death toll due to alcohol is only greater because it is the most common drug and its long term effects are taken into account.
Heroin is a deadly drug mainly due to overdose. Manufactured from the opium poppy, it is the illegal form of the popular sedative and painkiller morphine. Other deaths attributable to heroin are attributable to secondary death from disease and mixing heroin with other drugs.
Cocaine is a drug refined from a South American plant and is highly addictive. It causes heart failure and death due to related violence.
Barbiturates are sedatives and are becoming more popular with younger people. The main cause of death with these drugs is overdose and overdose from mixing them with alcohol.
Tobacco is another drug that is a slow killer. It is arguable that tobacco use is widespread so the statistics and other facts are distorted because of this popularity. Most people who die from tobacco use die from the cancer it causes.
6. Illegal Manufactured Methamphetamine
Methamphetamine is one of the most addictive drugs known to the United States. When it is illegally manufactured, it can kill because it is a bad mix or it can cause heart failure and other complications. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine can kill on the first use or the hundredth use.
Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs that are also drugs of abuse. Most people who die from the use of benzodiazepines die due to mixing the drug, overdose, and withdrawal. It is one of the drugs that can kill you while you attempt to get off it.
Amphetamines are heart stoppers, literally. A highly addictive substances, amphetamine class drugs deaths are caused by overdose, long term effects, and
Buprenorphine is a popular replacement drug for heroin and opiate addiction. It makes this list because of its overdose rate. People take it and then take illegal opiates or they simply overdose on the buprenorphine to get high.
Ketamine is a veterinary sedative. This sedative produces a dissociative effect. Although it is not one of the major killers it makes the list because of the deaths due to overdose and those that mix it with other drugs.
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