Drug Abuse And Its Effects On Society

1690 WordsMar 29, 20167 Pages
It always starts with one puff, one inhale, and one decision to do one thing that can change your life forever. As you may already know, drugs can be some of the best things known to mankind-they solve illnesses, provide some relief from the killer pollen levels, and even stop that annoying nasal congestion you get in the winter season. Although many people don 't think about it often, drugs can be just as dangerous as they are good if too much or too many are taken. Drug abuse is a very serious problem that can often lead to serious health complications... the same type of complications that may determine life or death if not treated. Drug abuse is a rampant problem in the United States. Drugs can be abused in a variety of different ways…show more content…
Many people, who abuse drugs, will develop a chronic condition called addiction. Once addicted, it is challenging for the drug abuser to stop abusing drugs. Movies have been getting more and more popular and with that there has also been drugs adding with that. In most recent movies there has been a cause of drugs in the movies that are showing teens that drugs are fun to do in your life. Your life would be just like the life in the movie if you did drugs. As Keith Richards “musician” says “If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet”(Goodreads). An estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month. This number is up from 8.3 percent in 2002. The increase mostly reflects a recent rise in use of marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug.( NIH). Marijuana use has increased since 2007. In 2013, there were 19.8 million current users—about 7.5 percent of people aged 12 or older—up from 14.5 million (5.8 percent) in 2007.Use of most drugs other than marijuana has stabilized over the past decade or has declined. In 2013, 6.5 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 2.5 percent) had used prescription drugs nonmedically in the past month. Prescription drugs include pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives. And 1.3 million Americans (0.5 percent) had used hallucinogens (a category that
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