Negative Effects Of Drug Abuse

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Drug abuse is when people use substances that are considered legal or illegal in an abusive way. Some people use the drug repeatedly for pleasure, alleviating stress or to avoid reality. It has also been abused by those who are on prescribed drugs that are used in ways other than what it is prescribed for or using someone else’s prescription. As a result of persons who can’t control themselves and have over usage, people become addicted even when there are negative consequences (National Institute on Drug Abuse, n.d.). According to a survey done in 2009 by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), it has revealed that illicit drugs have risen to its highest levels. Also, it has been found that there is an increase in prescription drug abuse with drugs such as methamphetamine and ecstasy. Drug usage or abuse in New York City has shown continuous predominance in cocaine, heroin and marijuana. Also there is an increase in the use of opiate analgesics (Undestanding Addiction, n.d.). Marijuana has remained at a high level where just about anywhere availability of this drug can be found. Even though there is usage for marijuana for medical purposes with doctor’s permission it is used quite illicitly by other people (Understanding Addiction, n.d.). It has been proven by researchers that marijuana has negative effects on individuals such as their attention span, memory and even in their learning. It is also linked to psychiatric disorders such as psychosis
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