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The implications that drug abuse has on one’s health are acutely serious, and dismissing them will be an extremely harmful attitude for today’s society
UNODC (the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) reported that in 2012, around 243 million people, -corresponding to some 5.2 percent of the world population, aged 15-64 had used an illicit drug — mainly a substance belonging to the cannabis, opioid, cocaine or amphetamine-type stimulant (ATS) group — at least once in the previous year.

The implications that drug abuse has on one’s health are acutely serious, and dismissing them will be an extremely harmful attitude for today’s society. Depression and drug abuse feed each other, and the individual will soon find himself in a vicious circle. Taking the drug to keep his depression away, while the drug intake deteriorates his health, and aggravates this depression. Moreover, some drugs (like cannabis and amphetamines) will actually diminish the efficiency of medication, making it even harder to treat the symptoms locally, as many drug addicts will first try to do.

It is highly important to understand the implications that drug usage has on health without exaggerating, nor going into too much detail. It is safe to say that drug abuse changes the way we see reality, it affects our alertness, our consciousness and in general, our brain and its function. Of course, the effects and consequences depend largely on the type of drug, the frequency with which it’s being taken and how it is being administered. The symptoms vary from one drug to another, but the final consequence is the same: the individual will finally lose control on his choices, his body will feel the need for that drug more acutely with every intake and- in the end- will become addicted to stronger and higher quantities of it.

One way of understanding how drug abuse has affected your body is by stopping and analyzing how your body reacts. The more stronger the symptoms (insomnia, diarrhea, nausea) the higher the addiction.

Concerns should also be raised for the individual’s social life and social inclusion. Guilt, embarrassment, depression and stress often affect the social habits of a drug abuser, thus feeding the constant vicious circle of drugs-depression. The person affected loses control over his or her social life, usually shows little or no interest in keeping old friends and hides from family.

Drugs have a negative influence both physically and mentally. It is considerably important to seek help (for you or for friends or family) at the first sign of concern, and treat the matter with the acute seriousness that defines it.

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