Drug Abuse Essay

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Illegal drugs have been part of our culture for quite some time. Although many drugs are illegal, they still manage to get used and abused by addicts. Most drugs that are now illegal were once legal and prescribed to people for medical purposes. For instance, Methamphetamine was once used as an anti-sleeping aid and a weight loss supplement and LSD (Lysergic Acid Diethylamide) was used to support sick people’s breathing. These drugs were declared illegal once people found out the effects of the drugs. Now, drugs are used to cope with pain and disguise emotions. People that use drugs to mask emotions are those who need drugs to accomplish euphoria and make them believe they’re having a good time; this is how people end up abusing drugs. People …show more content…
The top reasons why people try drugs is out of curiosity, rebellious mentality, their social environment, and the availability of a drug. These are the reasons for the drug epidemic across the world. Being in an environment where drugs are being used can put tons of pressure on someone to try. To put it another way, if a girl were to go to a party and there are people using methamphetamine in her presence, she might feel pressured to join. Exposure and publicity of drugs lead people to think that it is acceptable to try. Also, the popularity of a drug can influence someone’s opinion of that particular drug. For instance, when people notice that drug users don’t look like they’re affected by the drug, they may believe that “it’s not that bad.” The point of side effects and long term health issues are often overlooked. Drug users “live in the moment” and don’t think about what could happen to them. The only thing they are concerned with is getting their high from the drug of their …show more content…
Also, it is easier to buy since these drugs are legal controlled substances. Prescription drugs such as Xanax, Percocet, Adderall, and Codeine are drugs that are misused by people in today’s society. Users experience a high when they take extreme dosages of the drug. Misuse of these drugs come with side effects that are exceptionally similar to the side effects of illegal substances. For instance, overdosing on Xanax could cause blurred vision, slurred speech, weakness, respiratory depression, and/or a coma (Patterson, Xanax Abuse). Once a person enjoys the high Xanax gives them, they could possibly become addicted and will experience a chemical dependency. Their body will not function properly without

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