Drug abuse is common in many countries. Billions of dollars are spent internationally preventing drug use, treating addicts, and fighting drug-related crime. Although drugs threaten many societies, their effects can also be fought successfully. Some examples of drugs include:
• Anabolic steroids
• Club drugs
• Prescription drugs
Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people in the United States. Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It also harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.
People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity because they want to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or to improve athletic performance or ease stress, anxiety, or depression. Use doesn’t automatically lead to abuse. It varies by individual. Drug abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or the frequency, and more to do with the consequences of drug use. No matter how often or how little you’re consuming, if your drug use is causing problems in your life, at work, school, home, or in your relationships, then you likely have a drug addiction problem.