One of the main problems with the current drug problem in the United States is the fact that so many people still don't know so much about drugs. Millions of Americans still have no data on one of the most serious public health emergencies of our time.
This is quite harmful, because the less we know about something, the less we can do something about it. If we don't understand a problem, we are less likely to find the right solution to that problem.
This principle is fundamental for drugs and drug use. Many people don't know how drugs affect the human body. If they do not really know the details of the harmful effects of drugs, they are more likely to succumb to group pressure, break in more often, use drugs as a coping mechanism, loss, etc.
How do drugs affect us? And why should we make great efforts to avoid them?
The different types of drugs
There are dozens (if not hundreds) of different types of drugs in the world. Many of them are used in the United States, although they are harmful. And while there are many different drugs in the US (and new strains are added each year), most drugs fall into the following three categories:
Depressants. Depressants are drugs that slow or "depress" the function of the central nervous system. These are the "wormwood drops". When people take these drugs, their body's core functions slow down. If you take too much, the body stops working at all. Examples of common depressants are opiates, alcohol and marijuana.
Stimulants. Stimulants fall on the opposite end of the spectrum. Stimulants accelerate the user's central nervous system and generate an energy boost, an increase in attention and a general acceleration of body functions. Stimulants are very harmful to the heart and brain. Such drugs can be fatal. Stimulants are substances like cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy.
Hallucinogens. Hallucinogens are a completely different category of medicine. These drugs change and distort the sense of reality. Hallucinogens can cause emotional and psychological paranoia, physical somatics, and other problems. Hallucinogens are LSD, fungi, ketamine and PCP.
While different drugs certainly have different effects, all drugs are harmful and all drugs have harmful side effects. Even certain medications (such as opiate pain relievers) often have undesirable side effects.
Consideration of the disadvantages of drug use
What makes drug use risky? One might assume that most people generally understand that drugs are harmful. Then why do millions of people in the United States take drugs?
One could also hypothesize that people who use drugs often do not understand the real risks of drug use, even though they know by nature that drugs are harmful. All they ever learned was that drugs are destructive and they shouldn't be used. They have never learned how dangerous drugs are and why they shouldn't be used.
Here are some of the dangers and risk factors associated with drug use:
People who use drugs are more likely to be involved in an accident. The mind-changing nature of drugs makes people more prone to accidents while under the influence of drugs. Such accidents can occur at home, at work, while driving, etc.
When people use drugs, they open up to become victims (or attackers) of sexual assault. They also increase your risk of having unprotected sex. Such events can lead to trauma, unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of infections.
Drug use can cause problems at work, difficulties at school, and problems at home. This is because drug use can make it difficult to sleep, eat, think, think, remember, or even solve basic problems.
Drug use can also have serious long-term effects. Drug use can damage organs in the body such as the stomach, throat, liver, pancreas, lungs, heart, brain and nervous system.
The consumption of medication can also increase the risk of certain types of cancer, e.g. B. Lung cancer from inhalation of medication or cancer of the liver or esophagus from excessive alcohol consumption.
Drug use also increases the risk of contracting infectious diseases. IV Drug use, a common method of using heroin and other opiates, can result in needle sharing, which can lead to the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV / AIDS and hepatitis C.
Drug use also leads to skin problems and collapsed veins due to intravenous use. Users can develop skin lesions and other problems if they scratch their skin frequently.
When people use drugs, there is also a wide range of emotional and psychological risks associated with such drug use – mood swings, unpredictable behavior, psychoses, anger problems, etc.
Last but not least, there is a risk of death associated with taking almost all types of medicines. When people use drugs, be it for the first time or for the 100th time, they take the risk that it will prove fatal each time. Overdoses, driving under the influence, accidents, injuries, organ failure, poisoning can be consequences of drug use and all can be fatal.
Protect our families
Only with a very short discussion can we quickly show people the real danger that lies in drinking and drug use. And we have to get this information out there because tens of thousands of people die in the United States every year from the effects of drug use.
Make sure that your family and loved ones not only know they shouldn't be using drugs, but they understand why they shouldn't be using drugs. And if you know someone who uses drugs, make sure they get help at an inpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment center. Residential drug rehabs offer the safest and most effective treatments to help people get rid of addiction.
Reviewed by Claire Pinelli, ICAADC, CCS, LADC, RAS, MCAP