Drugs are chemicals that affect the body and brain. Different drugs can have different effects. Some effects of drugs include health consequences that are long-lasting and even permanent. They can even continue after a person has stopped taking the substance.
There are a few ways a person can take drugs, including injection, inhalation and ingestion. The effects of the drug on the body can depend on the way in which the abused drug is delivered. For example, the injection of drugs directly into the bloodstream have an immediate impact, while ingestion has a delayed effect. But all drugs of abuse affect the brain.They cause large amounts of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate people’s emotions, motivation and feelings of pleasure, to flood the brain, causing a “high.” Eventually, drugs can change how the brain works and interfere with a person’s ability to make choices, leading to intense cravings and compulsive drug use. Over time, this behavior can turn into a substance dependency, or drug and alcohol addiction.
Today, more than 7 million people suffer from an illicit drug disorder in our country. In fact, more deaths, illnesses and disabilities stem from effects of drug abuse than from any other preventable health condition. People suffering from drug and alcohol addiction also have a higher risk of unintentional injuries, accidents and domestic violence incidents.
The good news is, substance use disorders are treatable.
#What Is Drug Abuse?
Clinically known as substance use disorder, drug abuse or addiction is caused by the habitual taking of addictive substances. Drugs of use include alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens and opioids.
More deaths, illnesses and disabilities stem from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition.People who live with substance dependence have a higher risk of all bad outcomes including unintentional injuries, accidents, risk of domestic violence, medical problems, and death.
The impact of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching, affecting almost every organ in the human body.
#Drug use can:
★Weaken the immune system,
★Increasing susceptibility to infections.
★Cause cardiovascular conditions ranging
from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks.
★Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed
veins and infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.
★Cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
★Cause the liver to have to work harder, possibly causing significant damage or liver failure.
★Cause seizures, stroke and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and permanent brain damage.
★Produce global body changes such as breast development in men, dramatic fluctuations in appetite and increases in body temperature, which may impact a variety of health conditions.
★Effects On The Brain
Although initial drug use may be voluntary, drugs have been shown to alter brain chemistry, which interferes with an individual’s ability to make decisions and can lead to compulsive craving, seeking and use. This then becomes a substance dependency.
★All drugs of abuse – nicotine, cocaine, marijuana, and others – effect the brain’s “reward” circuit, which is part of the limbic system.
#Behavioral Problems may be:
*Loss of Self-Control
These and other illicit drugs may pose various risks for pregnant women and their babies. Some of these drugs can cause a baby to be born too small or too soon, or to have withdrawal symptoms, birth defects or learning and behavioral problems. Additionally, illicit drugs may be prepared with impurities that may be harmful to a pregnancy.
Pregnant women who use illicit drugs may engage in other unhealthy behaviors that place their pregnancy at risk, such as having extremely poor nutrition or developing sexually transmitted infections.
#Now It’s high time we took necessary steps to eradicate drug from our society.Otherwise we the human being will turn into Abnormal & will beget illicit society.