UNODC (the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) reported that in 2012 some 243 million people corresponding to some 5.2 per cent 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. 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 someone’s health. Without exaggerating, nor going into too much detail, it’s safe to say that drug abuse changes the way people see reality, affects alertness, consciousness and in general, the 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’s 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/her choices, their 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 knowing how affected the body is by the drug abuse is to stop the intake of that drug and analyse how the body reacts to this. The more severe the symptoms like nausea, diarrhoea and insomnia, the stronger 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 drug-depression. The person affected loses control over his or her social life and usually shows little to no interest in keeping old friends and hides from family.
Drugs have a negative influence both physically and mentally. It’s considerably important to seek help (for oneself, friends and family) at the first sign of concern, and treat the matter with the acute seriousness that defines it.
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