Drug abuse has escalated to become one of the worst crises to be experienced in recent times. The number of people who are hooked on drugs is worrying. Studies show that the deaths that are related to drugs have surpassed those that occur because of auto accidents and any disease that you may think of. This is the reason governments all over the world are working hard to ensure that they salvage the population from this epidemic.
It is unfortunate that most of these people do not survive and therefore, they have to leave behind families that have no one to take care of them. Communities are also feeling the brunt because there are hardly enough people to work in the economy. Here is a look at some of the causes, effects, and solutions to drugs abuse.
Causes, effects, and solutions to drugs abuse
Opioids and opiates are drugs that are supposed to treat chronic pain. They are mainly used by people who are suffering from serious diseases such as cancer. They are supposed to help them manage the pain because the diseases are difficult to treat. However, there is another side of them. These drugs have addiction characteristics. When someone uses them so often, they cannot live without them. It becomes worse when these people cannot find enough opiates and therefore, they start looking for other alternatives. These people often move to cocaine, and that is the beginning of their sad tales.
Teenagers who get into drug abuse often do so because they are under pressure from their peers. There are those who start using drugs at a tender age, and they become a bad influence on their friends. Because of this, the other teens that want to look as ‘cool’ as their friends have no option but to get into the habit. It starts with a single use, then another, and before the parents know what is going on, the child will be a serious abuser of drugs. It will take an enormous effort to get them out of this if they ever will.
Sometimes, the society plays ignorant of the drug abuse problem, and the effects are dire. Some families will not admit that one of their own is hooked on drugs even when it is obvious. While they think that they are protecting the family image, they actually are creating a crisis that will be hard to deal with. Reality only hits them when they find out that had they spoken out, they would have saved a life. Even when medical records show that someone died because of a drug overdose, some families would rather say that it was something else that caused that death.
The effects of drug abuse have been felt far and wide. Most communities are left in desperation because of this. To solve the problems, a combination of approaches should be used. Rehabilitation of addicts should be followed by civic education and legal approaches.