Top 5 Most Dangerous Drugs

Top 5 Most Dangerous Drugs

The amount of people living with a drug and alcohol addiction is at its highest throughout the years, with one in every ten Americans over the age of 12 with an addiction. Addiction is a serious disease that must be treated, but what about the drugs themselves? Drugs are categorized as being dangerous by certain factors such as how addictive they are, the long/short term damage, and the detrimental effect they have on society. Here is a list of the top five most dangerous drugs that are have a significant impact in people’s lives.

Most Dangerous Drugs

The following drugs are illicit for a reason because they have a severe impact on the user’s quality of life. These dangerous drugs are categorized in order of potential danger to the user such as how addictive they are, how toxic they are, and how quickly it takes over a person’s life.


Tobacco is used throughout the world. Around 1.1 billion people are smoking tobacco with the number expecting to increase throughout the years, despite all of the negative consequences of smoking. Tobacco laws have gotten more strict throughout the years, but there is still a lot of users, and for non-users, a high chance of receiving second-hand smoke. Smoking tobacco has become extremely popular in the United States because of marketing from tobacco companies. Tobacco was not portrayed as dangerous when it first came on the market; in fact, it was shown as ‘cool’ and a fun thing to do. This lead to a lot of people smoking tobacco, and thus becoming addicted.

Tobacco is highly addictive and to date has killed up to 20% of the population prematurely. Some of the problems that can be caused by tobacco are lung cancer, lung disease, asthma attacks, and reduced health. All forms of tobacco still contain nicotine and can cause addiction.

Forms of tobacco:

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Hookah
  • Pipe
  • Smokeless tobacco (dip)
  • E-Cigarettes


Like tobacco, alcohol is also legal, even though it is one of the most dangerous and widely abused drugs. Alcohol is one of the top five dangerous drugs because of its prevalence, use, and acceptance in America. People can easily purchase it and teenagers can easily obtain it illegally.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 16.3 million adults 18 and older had an Alcohol Use Disorder. While 679,000 adolescents between the ages 12-17 had an Alcohol Use Disorder.

Crystal Meth

Crystal meth was originally used in the 1890s as a stimulant by tank commanders and fighter pilots. Then it reappeared in the 1950s as an anti-obesity drug in America.

Today, it is known as an addictive drug with no bottom to how bad someone can get under its influence. The effects of amphetamines like crystal meth can be compared to crack cocaine, but last alot longer and are a lot worse for the body. There is a high correlation between sexually transmitted diseases and people who are addicted to meth because methamphetamine can prolong sexual activities and is an aphrodisiac.

It works by flooding the brain with feelings of euphoria from high levels of dopamine. Over time, dopamine receptors get damaged from high levels so a user will have to continue increasing the dosages for the same or higher euphoria.


Heroin and crystal meth are almost equal to one another in terms of danger, but heroin is just a little more dangerous. The main reason is because it’s easier to to overdose on heroin than it is crystal meth. Many people have actually accidently overdosed on heroin while taking it. This is because of the purity of heroin when bought; there is no real way to find out how pure it really is. Most of the time heroin bought off the street is mixed with dirty white power, so if someone were to get at least 60% pure, it could kill them with their regular dosages.

Quitting heroin involves a lot of pain which can scare away a user from actually stopping. There is physical withdrawal and psychological addiction that a user would have to overcome, making it one of the hardest drugs to become clean of.

Heroin is the most highly addictive drug and can easily take over people’s lives. The severity of the addiction is one of the strongest out of all of these dangerous drugs. Once a person becomes addicted, all they will think about is heroin.


Cocaine is also known as blow, Charlie, crack, rock, and coke. This is the most expensive drug and is known as the champagne of drugs because of it. Even though it is the choice of many celebrities and Wall Street Traders, it is also common in all types of societies. 10% of young adults had reported using cocaine in 2014.

Using cocaine creates a euphoric feeling and is highly addictive. It can also cause sudden deaths from strokes or heart attacks. Crack cocaine was made to be injected for a more powerful high, but the crash is just as bad.

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