Drug Abuse a Threat to the Society
Drug abuse otherwise known as substance abuse is the continued excessive and unregulated use of a drug or drugs whereby the users take the drugs in amounts and methods that are harmful to themselves and others. Drug abuse is common in the modern society; it has affected all regions. Drug abuse is practiced by people from all walks of life, in both rural and urban areas, the rich and the poor, females and males. Drug abuse affects not only individuals who abuse them but also their families, friends, neighborhood and the community as a whole. Drug abuse has numerous negative consequences, especially to the addicts. This paper is meant to discuss drug abuse as a threat to the society.
Drug abuse causes multiple illnesses, injuries, and deaths worldwide and is common among youths. Some of the drugs abused are beneficial to mankind, but when taken regularly in excessive amounts, they tend to be detrimental to the human health. Cocaine, marijuana, heroin, alcohol are commonly abused and even prescribed drugs like opioids. Drug abuse has both long term and short term effects to the consumers and the whole society.
The effects of drug addiction are profoundly manifested in the addicts’ health and behaviors. Drug abuse deteriorates the human health. Individuals abusing drugs tend to lose their appetites and moods, they have impaired judgments, sleeping problems, and they are confused and depressed. Lung, kidney, and heart diseases are common among addicts who smoke drugs like tobacco and marijuana. Injection of drugs also leads to infection and transmission of diseases like HIV/ AIDS and Hepatitis. Mental disorders and cancer are also common diseases to drug addicts. Drug abuse also leads to addiction. In extreme cases, drug abuse leads to death.
Drug abuse leads to the destruction of social and professional ties and relations between the addicts and people around them. Addicts tend to lose their relationships after losing themselves to drugs. Drug abusers abandon their loved ones to fully embark on taking drugs without interference and commitments to family and friends. Drug addicts also destroy their professional ties and lose their jobs easily by doing avoidable mistakes at work.
Economically, a lot of money and time is pumped into solving health and adverse social effects related to drug abuse. Such resources could be channeled into the establishment of career opportunities and businesses that could absorb unemployed people hence solving the issue of unemployment. Drug abusers are not able to work on a full-time basis. The ones who are lucky to get employed either endanger the lives of others in their respective fields or produce shoddy work as a result of an inability to work properly and absenteeism. Drug abusers also tend to overuse emergency funds and insurance benefits availed to them by their employees.
Drug abuse is also highly associated with criminal activities and violence that poses a significant security threat to the society. To start with, drug abuse is a leading cause of homicides worldwide. Drug abusers tend to steal cash and other valuables to get money to cater for their drug needs. Due to impaired judgment, drug addicts tend to be impatient, arrogant and very violent; they fight for nothing and are big trouble makers in the society.
In conclusion, drug abuse is a significant health and social problem that should be looked into and resolved before it gets out of hand. It negatively affects individuals who abuse the drugs as well as the people around them and the whole society. Though quitting drugs requires a strong will from the addicts themselves, initiatives should be established by concerned people to rehabilitate the addicts.