Drug Abuse and the FDA Essay

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Drug abuse is generally defined as the use of a drug with such frequency that the user has physical or mental harm or it impairs social abilities. Drugs are used as pain killers to avert physical and/or emotional pain by providing the user with a temporary escape from life’s realities. Even though, they cause different, more serious problems with only a short escape from life’s agonies. There are five different classifications (schedules) of drugs in the Controlled Substance Act of 1970. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) choose what substance falls into what classification. The placement of a drug on the Controlled Substances List is based on three categories: (1) potential…show more content…
Last of the behavioral and attitude changes, drug users become furtive and secretive in everything they do by locking their doors or always trying to keep something hidden in their phone or notebook. Their overall behavior should change. Some physical changes in a person who uses drugs can be very unproblematic and painless. The more hardcore drugs, such as heroin and marijuana, will make it harder for them to answer simple, uncomplicated questions. They will go off on tangents and cannot remember what they were talking about before very easily, and it’ll happen quite frequently. Their eyes will convert to being bloodshot, and their speech will become indistinct and incoherent. They’ll have an unusual smell on their clothing or breath. Also, the way they dress might change into something that looks more like they do not care about life or the way they look. As a result of some of the drug users’ scarcity of money, they go out and sell illicit drugs, or they will do anything for money to buy more drugs, such as robbery or prostitution. The illegal money they are making is not flowing back into the government and resulting in less tax money to build better schools and educational facilities. Also, children see these people and what they are doing, and the children find it okay to be like them. Which puts the economy in an even worse position, than if it was just the drug abusers. The cost of the substance abuse falls
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