According to the World Health Organization, almost 6 percent of the world's
population has abused drugs. Although this percentage seems small, it actually
represents millions of people who have abused drugs. This statistic is very
worrying because of the harmful effects of drug abuse. We need to find effective
ways to fight this problem.
Drugs like heroin and cocaine have destructive
effects on a person's health. The drug user may face heart disease, liver and
brain damage, and kidney failure. Drug users who share needles to inject
themselves with drugs face a high risk of being infected with AIDS. Also, the
brain damage caused by drugs is known to cause mental problems such as paranoia
and hallucination. Furthermore, the negative
health effects of drugs are not only limited to the drug user. If the drug
addict is pregnant, there is a high chance that the unborn child will suffer
mental and growth retardation.
Drug also has an adverse effect on society. A drug addict will do anything to
get more drugs. The addict often commits crimes to get enough money to sustain
his habit. The money spent on drugs may then be channeled to crime syndicates,
which could use the money to fund other illegal activities. Unfortunately, drug
abuse creates a group of people who are unable to work or study, and thus unable
to benefit society.
Clearly, solutions must be found to resolve the issue of drug abuse. Firstly,
the young must be educated on the dangers of drug abuse to prevent them from
experimenting with dangerous substances. Secondly, there needs to be more
effective law enforcement to stop the distribution of drugs. Drug pushers must
be caught and severely punished. In addition, drug addicts need to be given help
to get rid of their addiction. Better ways need to be found to rehabilitate them
so that they can keep away from drugs and become useful citizens again.
To conclude, it is a sad fact that drug abuse is a serious problem in many
countries around the world. More efforts are needed to
stamp out this problem. The individual, the public and the
authorities must work hand in hand in order
to rid society of the terrible effects of drug abuse.