Drug abuse is a common problem in the 21st century society. There are many terms associated with this problem, such as substance abuse. Although drug abuse is a major problem, it is not the same as drug addiction. Many of the people who abuse the use of drugs are not addicts, but a large percentage of them are. It really depends on the type of drug you are using.
Drug addiction is the uncontrollable use of a drug. It can be a prescription drug or an illegal substance that produces a change in the mind or body. For example, a person in constant pain can become addicted to pain medication. Eventually the body becomes used to the drug and a person needs more and more of it to produce the same effect. The addiction results in a physical and psychological craving for the drug.
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Drug abuse: Drug abuse is defined as “using any over the counter or prescription drug in a manner other than what was originally intended”. It also refers to using street drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine and many others.
Drug addiction: Most addicts begin by occasionally using a drug. It can be in pill form or taken as an inhalant or injection. Some people realize the error of their ways and stop altogether, but others have to continue because they like the feeling the drug produces in the body.
Drug testing: Drug testing is one way that large companies, governments and sports organizers can deter people from using drugs. In occupations, such as air traffic controllers, drug testing is part of the job.
Medical consequences of drug abuse: Although drug abuse can result in social problems, such as addiction, crime and family problems, there are also medical consequences of drug abuse. These consequences are often long-lasting and potentially fatal to the abuser.
Drug use prevention and research: The cost of drug use prevention and research reaches millions of dollars each year as governments try to find ways of preventing drug abuse. The research that goes into finding how illicit drugs are made and their effects on the body is staggering.
Acid/LSD: Acid/LSD is one of the major drugs in the hallucinogenic category. It was discovered in 1938 and is one of the most powerful mood-altering drugs available.
Alcohol: Alcohol use is one of the main substance abuse problems that cause so many problems in today’s society. Generally, those who abuse alcohol start off with one beer or drink and that leads to one more and one more, eventually resulting in drunkenness.
Club drugs: Club drugs are those that have emerged on the scene in recent years. The term refers to drugs that are popular among teens and young adults and seem to be available on the streets and at nightclubs that these people frequent.
Cocaine: Cocaine was originally used in medical situations before the development of anaesthesia. It was used in surgeries involved the ear, nose and throat because of its ability to put the patient to sleep and restrict the blood vessels, this reducing the amount of bleeding. It is the most powerful stimulant in the line of illicit drugs.
Ecstasy/MDMA: Ecstasy is the street name used for drug methylenedioxymethamphetamine. It is a psychotic drug with effects similar to those in the hallucinogen classification.
Heroin: Heroin is an illicit drug that is made from morphine, which naturally occurs in the poppy plant. Some of the street names for heroin include smack, H, slag and Mexican Black tar.
Inhalants: Inhalants are chemicals vapors that people breathe in to help bring about mind-altering results. Many of the products that are used as inhalants are common products found in the home or offices.
Marijuana: The most commonly used of all the illicit drugs is marijuana. It comes from the hemp plant called Cannibis. The dry leaves, the stem, seeds and flowers of the plant are mixed together to form a tobacco like substance.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and strong drug that triggers changes in the systems in the brain. It is used in a limited way in diet pills and products to suppress the appetite, but it has a high potential for abuse.
PCP/Phencyclidine: PCP/Phencyclidine is one of the hallucinogen drugs that is made illegally in private labs and sold on the street under such names as angel dust, wack, or crystal supergrass, to name just a few.
Prescription medications: Prescription medications are the ones you receive from a doctor for a disease or medical condition. You can only get these drugs from a pharmacy when you present a written prescription from a doctor containing the strength of the dose, the length of time you have to take the medicine and the procedure for taking it.
Smoking/nicotine: Smoking/Nicotine use has become one of the main problems in society and is one of the leading causes of cancer and respiratory illnesses. Smoking not only affects the person who smokes cigarettes, but second-hand smoke also has harmful effects on those around them.
Steroids: Anabolic steroids are used to help build muscles and strength. These are man-made drugs that are available through a doctor’s prescription, but only to treat medical conditions where the body does not produce enough testosterone.
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