Drug Abuse Rates Among Different Ages, Genders, And Races Essay

1726 Words Nov 20th, 2016 7 Pages
Drug Abuse Rates Among Different
Ages, Genders, and Races

Sara Randhawa
Psych 101
Professor Goodie
Nov 20, 2016
A drug is a substance when introduced into the body can either have a positive or a negative physiological effect on a person. The substances that are considered to have a positive effect on a person are known as medicinal drugs, but the substances that have a negative effect on a person are known as illicit/illegal drugs. A few examples of medicinal drugs are prescribed medication, pain reliever, etc. A few examples of illicit drugs are cigarettes, cocaine, heroin, etc. though it may seem as clear cut as medicinal drugs are good and illicit drugs are bad, it is not entirely true as there are many cases in which medicinal drugs taken in large quantities have caused negative effects on a person. There are many ways of getting these drugs into your body. They can be taken in many different ways like injecting, inhaling swallowing and more. Illicit drugs are one of the major rising problems throughout the world because it has different effects on people based on their age, their gender, and their race. Over the years in the United States, illicit drug use has increased significantly. In just a month, millions of adults and youth were using illicit drugs. According to The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, it states that “In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users” (“National”). By the time children…

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