Drug Addiction And Its Effects On Society Essay

725 Words Sep 1st, 2016 3 Pages
Over twenty million people in the United States currently are suffering or have suffered from drug abuse or addiction. (DA) Many of the twenty million have had their lives and their families ' lives affected forever by the labels and restrictions put on addicts. The individuals that are affected legally are often prevented from working certain jobs, going to school, or using social services. The cycle of treating drug addiction as a criminal issue rather than a public health issue prevents the abusers from obtaining the tools to break patterns that lead them to drug addiction. Drug addiction and abuse are no more out of hand than in years past but now that we live in the age of social media and instant news twenty-four hours a day, it seems as though it is more rampant.
Drugs are everywhere, in a variety of forms and shapes. The definition of a drug is a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. So what is classified as a drug? Any addictive prescriptions (such as opioids, CNS depressants (Xanax), and stimulants (Adderall)), alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, and many others. Some of the substances are socially acceptable and even legal therefore not as villainized as other drugs. Often a person that is addicted to or abuses these drugs never realize how damaging they are, until their life or health is in ruins. Nearly all the substances listed above can be found in your neighborhood. You can walk into…

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