Drug abuse or substance abuse refers to the use of certain chemicals for the purpose of creating pleasurable effects on the brain. There are over 190 million drug users around the world and the problem has been increasing at alarming rates, especially among young adults under the age of 30.
Apart from the long term damage to the body drug abuse causes, drug addicts who use needles are also at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis B and C infections.
Why do people use drugs?
People take drugs because:
They are curious and want to see what happens
They want to fit in or feel pressured by their peers
They enjoy the effect on their body — for example, feeling excited and energetic, or relaxed and calm
They help them cope with situations — for example, reducing pain or relieving stress
they’ve have a drug dependency and need to keep taking them to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
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