Drug Abuse (Saying No To Drugs). A drug is any chemical Substance that affects or causes changes in the mind or body. Drugs can be swallowed, injected, smoked, chewed or sniffed.
Different drugs create different effects on the body and mind.
Definition of Drug Abuse
Drug abuse is the use of harmful and habit-forming drugs. Drug abuse is taking a drug that affects one’s daily life or activities and one becomes dependent on it. Alcohol and tobacco are legal in most countries; however, both are habit-forming drugs.
Drug Use, Misuse, and Abuse
Drug Use: Taking a drug when it is necessary e.g. tam. Aspirin or Paracetamol to treat a headache or relieve pair prescribed.
Drug Misuse: misusing a drug is using one’s friend or neighbours’ prescription to a cold or tummy ache
Drug Abuse: This occurs when the drug use interferes with daily life or activities. People can abuse both legal and drugs.
Types of Drugs
Legal Drugs: Are those you can purchase or use without arrested? Examples are Aspirin, Panadol, Iron Pills, etc.
Illegal Drugs: Are those not allowed to be sold or used Cocaine, LSD, and amphetamines etc.
Reasons People Abuse Drugs
- It makes them feel high
- To overcome shyness
- To pass an examination
- A gang or group to accept
- They also want to overcome boredom
- To have a euphoric (happy) feeling
- They want to feel different
- To have strength
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Effects of Abusing Drug
Effects on individual
- Unstable mood/mood swings
- Aggressive behaviour
- A headache
- Unkempt appearance
- Loss of memory
- Loss of interest
- Lack of concentration
- Suicidal tendency
- Brain damage which can cause mental illness
- Diseases and infections e.g. HIV, cancer
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