Top 5 Most Dangerous Drugs

Drugs are bad, we all know that.  Pretty much everyone has experienced some kind of drug, whether it’s a simple flu depressant or a lethal class A drug such as Heroin or Crack.  I’m pretty ignorant when it comes to narcotics; in other words, I’m a lightweight. In my personal experience, the worst substances I’ve ever experienced have been nicotine (pointlessly addictive cancer stick) and alcohol (a lethal concoction which blurs right from wrong). Of course, what these two drugs have going for them is their legality; of course this doesn’t shy away from the fact that they are incredibly addictive and dangerous. So here’s a list of the top five most dangerous drugs, but don’t get any ideas!

1. Alcohol

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Being considerable wasted with your head shoved down a toilet, as you may know, isn’t a pleasant experience. While you vomit uncontrollably, the thought “I’ll never drink again” may come to mind. It may in fact be a wise decision.  Alcohol is the most dangerous drug in the UK by some margin according to an authoritative study published in November. The report reopened calls for a reclassification of the current drugs system to be scraped and an intensive campaign launched against booze. The study is led by sacked government drugs adviser Davis Nutt with colleagues from the breakaway Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. They claim that if drugs were classified on the basis of the potential harm they do, Alcohol would be class A.

Street names: booze, poison and juice.

UK Death toll (pa) 40,000 deaths

2. Heroin

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This lethal drug almost killed seemingly indestructible rockers Keith Richards and Iggy Pop. But what makes Heroin so dangerous?  The class A drug has major withdrawal symptoms and can lead to life threatening symptoms. Their intense euphoric effect is the main attraction amongst users and is administered by either snorting or injecting it intravenously. But going cold turkey from this lethal narcotic is notoriously difficult.  The user will start to feel withdrawal symptoms 6 to 24 hours of their last dosage. As one battles the urge, they will begin to sweat large amounts and experience a streak of depression. If that’s not enough on your plate, other serious effects include regular vomiting, high fever, diarrhoea, agitation and gut-wrenching cramps.

Street names: smack, skag and junk.

UK Death Toll (pa): 700

3. Crack Cocaine

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The most lethal form of cocaine and one of the most addictive of all illegal drugs. Crack cocaine, often nicknamed “crack” after the sound made during its manufacture and when smoked, first gained popularity in impoverished inner-city neighbourhoods in New York, Los Angeles and Miami in late 1984 and 1985. It is now estimated that almost 46,000 Londoners are injecting or smoking the drug. Offenders are known to spend as much as £500 a week on the habit. The problem doesn’t end there, crack has an exponential effect on crime, in some London police stations up to one five arrests are related to crack use. There are also increased risks among users of psychiatric problems, including paranoia and depression, as well as links to violent behaviour. Injecting the drug carries further risks, exposing users to the threat of blood-bome infection such as HIV and hepatitis C.

Street names: rock, iron cavvy, base and crack

Death toll UK (pa): 214

4. Crystal Meth

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This dance and sex drug has been described as more addictive that crack cocaine.  Crystal methamphetamine has become increasingly popular throughout the world with its usage increasing exponentially in the past decade, particularly in the US where the drug is considered a major problem.  American singer Rufus Wainwright is among other celebrities who have confessed overcoming an addiction to crystal meth, which allows users to stay up for days and increases sexual arousal. The colorless and odorless stimulant possesses neurological hazards such as the releasing of extremely high levels of dopamine which allow the user to become more alert. However over a period of time, crystal meth will damage brain cells ultimately reducing the body’s dopamine levels; this can create symptoms not too dissimilar to Parkinson’s disease. Worryingly, crystal meth’s degree of presence in the UK is still unclear.

Street names: ice, meth, Tina and Nazi crank.

Death toll UK (pa): 5

5. Street Methadone

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Methadone has had a lot of media coverage in recent months. The increase in methadone treatment has sparked debate amongst medical professionals, criminal justice professionals and politicians. Methadone is a class A drug, however new anxiety has risen for two reasons. The first is the continued rise in the number of people using heroine, methadone allows people to tackle their psychological addiction and stabilize their lifestyle when used as a substitute for heroin, whilst the second is that for many people opiate dependency becomes a lifelong problem requiring long term treatment. Methadone is prescribed by a doctor to treat people who have been addicted to opioids for over 30 years. However, street methadone has become a major problem in the UK. This is essentially methadone sold or given to someone it was not prescribed for, and can be extremely dangerous.  Dealers of street methadone often “cut” the drug with water or juice. However diluting methadone only makes it more dangerous, making it difficult to determine the exact dosage which can lead to overdoses.

Street names: juice, meth and linctus.

Aidan Donovan is a copywriter who writes articles for a contract hire and leasing vehicle company. He is unbelievably prolific.

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25 Responses to Top 5 Most Dangerous Drugs

  1. What about tobacco? Does it not kill people in the UK?

  2. This is absolutely ridiculous. Alcohol #1 ahead of heroin, crack, and crystal meth? LMAO.

    You have 40,000 deaths because half your country drinks. Duh. People drink responsibly all the time. A glass of wine, bourbon, or beer after work wont risk f***ing up your life for good, you idiot!!!!! Hey stooopid, how many people would be dead if there were as many smack, crack, or meth addicts as there are people who use alcohol?

  3. Disagree with the alcohol being 1. Heroin should be 1; it’s got a higher dependency rate and higher lethal dose. Probably most dangerous drug out there on the streets. I’ll stick with my reefer, thank you very much.

  4. pcp angel dust makes you violent!

  5. drugs are bad, mmmm k

  6. try prescription drugs. no really. it really sucks when people get addicted to these drugs. but sh** happens.

  7. ALCOHOL IS NOT A DANGEROUS DRUG

  8. Alcohol is extremely dangerous and addictive. In the US- alcohol related accidents alone cost Americans over $50 Billion a year in damages. NOT including any personal / medical costs (from what I could find). Thats well more than any other drug I could find data on. Ergo certainly not a “dumbfuck” thing to include on this list in the least. Any logical minded person performing a thorough cost / benefit assessment for “dangerous drugs” would have to take that data into account. It would be daft not to.

    However- I am surprised that tobacco and / or prescription drugs didn’t make this list. Heroin and Methadone could have been labeled as “Opioid Derivatives” to open up one more spot. Antidepressants alone silently kill hundreds of thousands of people, and cause many thousands of suicides a year. Although IMHO- Smoking cigarettes should just be labeled “suicide”.

  9. crystal meth is the worlds most dangerous drug it messes u up just as bad as heroin & crack..it will inevitably hit the uk hard at some point in time the future is ..i really think at present heroin is the most dangerous here say alcohs the most dangerous is ridiculous lol

  10. Ok whoever made up this list is a freakin idiot…I don’t belive alcohol is the number one worst drug. Herion should be number one..I myself was addicted to pain killers and herion..mostly sniff them…but did IV them a few times..always perfered sniff…but after 3 yrs of being addicticed to pain killers and herion, I decided to seek help..(suboxone treatment) my dear god..stoppin suboxone cold turkey was horrid. I would much rather quit pain killers and herion cold turkey then suboxone..pheww that was hell. Whoever made this list should take out alcohol put herion first then painkills (pills) second and so on…my experance was nothing but pure hell…I’m on 8 months clean..I still get the urges to go get a bag, or a few roxies…but I always remind myself of the horrid withdraws that come with the drug itself……so whoever u are that made this list…please fix..it is just wrong…

    • I think the idea behind the list is that alcohol is easy and cheaper to obtain and can affect more people this way. Just the death toll from drunk driving puts alcohol in the top 5.

    • Marcia Kirschbaum

      Check this out if you’re still struggling. If you can’t afford it, get the book End You Addiction Now. Nutrition is how to end addiction and cravings. My kid has been off heroin and pain killers for over three years from the common sense of giving the body what it needs. Nobody is deficient of Suboxone, Methadone or any other stupid drug switching that keeps big Pharma in business.

      http://www.naturalnews.com/034030_amino_acids_addiction.html

  11. Marcia Kirschbaum

    OMG, Who ever put this list together is really out of touch. Unfortunately, so are most of the commenter’s.

    Prescription Drugs, overall and complications from them, is the real number one cause of drug related deaths, but if broken down into individual types, they are still bigger killers than any street drug but it does change the list…

    Tobacco is #1 It is the leading preventable cause of death in our country. Over half a million people a year die as a result of smoking.

    Alcohol #2 Boating accidents, drowning, fires, domestic violence, child abuse, homicides, suicides, car crashes ~ the number one cause is alcohol. Of course beyond all the above is health related deaths like Cirrhosis of the liver. About 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol-related causes.

    Prescription Pain Killer’s #3. Synthetic opiates – really no different that heroin in there own right, but society thinks of them as safer because they come from a doctor. Major killers.

    Sleeping Pills are #4

    Psychotropic Drugs by a slim margin are #5

    Technically, complications causing death from combinations of prescription drugs are between #1 and #2

    ALL street drugs combined, cause fewer deaths than any of the above do individually, by a long shot.

    http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/graphs/25.htm

    http://alcoholism.about.com/od/prescription/a/overdose.-Lz6.htm

    Prescription Sleeping Pills #4, Prescription Psychotropic’s are #5. Opiate pain killers alone kill more people than ALL street drugs combined.

  12. Marcia Kirschbaum – shut up nob head

  13. say alcohol is worse than herion is a “Society level” and not a personal level. On a personal level Herion, Crack, and etc. are worse. An example would be if you had an alcoholic family memember tht could not stop would you ask them to maybe try herion instead to cure their urge? No. However if you had a herion addict family member who couldn’t stop you may recommend they choose drinking instead. Replacing 1 addiction with another is not a good idea but to bring things to a personal and realistic level of which is worse you have to guage which 1 you’d rather a family memeber be. I’d rather be around a pot head before all so that would proably be the least dangouras and the alcohol next. You have to way health – longentivity of life – legal issues and etc. for just that 1 person as oppose to society when you gauge it on a personal level. Counselors blow it up to a national level and makes since however it hurts the “Herion” addicts for exmple becuase they are told – your drug is worse than mine alcoholic – which is true on a national scale becuase of the number of users. However thank god those users chose alcohol as oppose to herion or there would be no world at all – all drugs are bad when abused and all drugs are good when used correctly – comparing what addiction is worse than another is a matter of how it impacts your personal life. Anyone who has ever lived with a hard core narcotic attack knows life just is not possible at all – crack, meth, herion, cocaine, all of those – there is no way they can make a positive impact and it’s namely becuase of the costs which leads to bad things. If these drugs were free it may be different but the cost over takes retirement funds, taxes, child care, and etc. leads to theft, murders, and etc. maybe if the costs of these drugs were reduced and controlled by the goverment the violence from them would go down. However big goverment wants the wheel to keep turning – if goverment didn’t ant as many arrest and etc. they’d control the ditrubition just like alcohol and then maybe the other drugs wouldn’t be as bad – who knows

  14. at the end of the day all drugs are bad – however you can’t pick the legal and last expensive as the worst – cost and arrest chances for an indvual who drinks are much less than any of the others

  15. i will say that krokodil is the most dangerous and killer drug….which is much cheaper than heroin but 3x stronger than heroin..

  16. is it in the u.s. i heard its only in russia

  17. “Alcohol is extremely dangerous and addictive. In the US- alcohol related accidents alone cost Americans over $50 Billion a year in damages. NOT including any personal / medical costs (from what I could find). Thats well more than any other drug I could find data on. Ergo certainly not a “dumbfuck” thing to include on this list in the least. Any logical minded person performing a thorough cost / benefit assessment for “dangerous drugs” would have to take that data into account. It would be daft not to.
    However- I am surprised that tobacco and / or prescription drugs didn’t make this list. Heroin and Methadone could have been labeled as ‘Opioid Derivatives” to open up one more spot. Antidepressants alone silently kill hundreds of thousands of people, and cause many thousands of suicides a year. Although IMHO- Smoking cigarettes should just be labeled “suicide’.”

    You should kill urself

  18. do not agree at all with this list : where is anthrax and the devils breath
    devils breath is the most dangerous drug in the world it is 100x worse then cocaine it can kill 15 ppl with just a gram of it. It totally submits you and you are completely awake, if someone told you to give them your life savings you would do it in a blink of an eye. It is the same drug that many ppl were given by the US government in all there massacres to enforce gun control

    • Yeah that devil’s breath from what I know is HORRIBLE, Down in South America people blow it in unsuspecting people’s faces and they become virtual slaves to that person instantly. You are at the person’s complete mercy and will do anything they ask. It’s like being a zombie under total control by some witch doctor. Scary stuff!

  19. Anyone that would use anything just cause it’s legal or illegal is an idiot. Booze is so bad cause of availability, social acceptance, amount of dui’s that kill innocents and the fact you can die from withdrawal. You don’t die from opiate or cocaine withdrawal. They cause far less death’s from dui’s than booze because booze effects motor skills way more than heroin and coke These are all facts.

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