Drug abuse is a growing problem throughout the United States. A large amount of American youth are experimenting with drugs on a regular basis. Drug Abuse is not just a problem with the younger American generation, people of all ages abuse drugs. In 2000 there was an estimated 14.0 million Americans, 6.3 percent of the population, were current illicit drug users according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA). Those who foolishly abuse drugs are only looking at the affects it produces to give them pleasure, they are not looking that long term effects such as addiction or even death.
Illicit Drug Abuse
The most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States is Marijuana according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. This drug is abused by Americans of all ages and is looked at as a “gateway drug” that will lead to alcohol and/or harder drug use. There is a great deal of controversy surrounding Marijuana, some feel it is harmless and has medicinal purposes, others feel it creates lazy and unmotivated druggies.
The United States has a problem with all of the major illicit drugs, Methamphetamine, Heroin, Cocaine, Ecstasy and many more. Most begin taking these drugs with no intentions to begin regular use. They are just looking for a good time, a mood or energy enhancer, something to allow them to relax or relieve their pain. These drugs are highly addictive, so when they are experiencing these pleasurable affects their bodies will develop a liking to them and crave the drug. They do not only have to worry about becoming addicted but death, it is extremely easy to die from overdose or other complications due to illicit drug abuse.
Prescription Drug Abuse
Drug abuse is not just limited to illicit drugs, it also includes prescription drugs and inhalants. In fact, prescription drugs are one of the most commonly abused drugs in the United States due to its easy availability. Many receive legitimate prescriptions from their Doctors for medications that can be highly addictive. Others beg, borrow and steal prescription medications for the high that it may induce. What makes prescription drug abuse so common is that those on these highly addictive drugs long term often find themselves taking the drugs for non-medical purposes after the treatment is over, they become addicted.
Finding inhalants is as easy as looking under you kitchen sink. Young people “huff” these cleaning products, spray paint and other inhalants to get high. They abuse inhalants not thinking of the consequences to their actions. They are not only looking at the possibility of addiction but death.
Drug Abuse in the United States
Drug Abuse is a growing problem in the United States with millions of men, women and children experimenting with inhalants, illicit and prescription drugs. It isn’t too long before their once in a while drug abuse turns into drug abuse on a regular basis. Their bodies in time develop a tolerance and they need more and more to achieve the desired effects. They begin to crave more drugs, their body becomes addicted experiencing withdrawal symptoms making it extremely hard to stop. What starts as drug abuse often results in drug addiction and for the unfortunate ones, death.