Drug abuse is an increasing epidemic in today’s society. There are so many types of drugs being abused today, both legal and illegal. These drugs affect the human body in many different ways. Drug abuse can lead to addiction. “Drug addiction involves the repeated and excessive use of a drug to produce pleasure or escape reality despite its destructive effects” (“Environmental Health Perspectives,” 2005). Drug addicts believe that drugs are necessary for them to have a feeling of well-being (“New Insight in to Drug Addiction and Self-Control,” 2008). People are addicted to all types of illegal and prescription drugs (“New Insight in to Drug Addiction and Self-Control,” 2008). Some people think that drug abuse is a personal choice but drug abuse is an addiction because research has proven this through extensive research to be true and many people currently struggle with addiction.
The use of and abuse of illegal and prescription drugs are affecting our health, our society, and creating law enforcement problems all across America. Drug usage is destroying the lives and homes of people each and every day. First, it shatters their lives, breaks families up, and takes away peoples hopes and dreams. Once drug addiction begins, an individual's problems doesn’t go away, it causes their mental state as well as physical ability to continue to diminish from the immediate and long-term adverse effects from the drugs. They think while they are high that their problems are gone but when they come down from the high they realize the problems are still there.
In fact, most people that use drugs say they started using them because it made them look cool, feel relaxed and forget their problems. This is exactly what happened to my husband’s sister who lost her 10 year old daughter to anorexia. Her doctor prescribed her Xanax for approximately two years after her daughter’s death and then told her she needed to go to “grief counseling”...
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