drug abuse and addiction

Essay by ryryyoyoJunior High, 9th gradeA, October 2014

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Drug Abuse and Addiction

"Road accident! Four killed! Driver under influence of alcohol!" "Boy killed father for not giving him money!"

These are the headlines that often hit the newspaper. These are mainly due to drug abuse and addiction. Many people think this is none of their concern and that their family members are smart enough not to become addicted to drugs. However, this is not true. Any person at any age can indulge in drug abuse.

Drugs have been part of our culture since the middle of the last century. Popularized in the 1960's by music and mass media, they invade all aspects of society. "An estimated 208 million people internationally consume illegal drugs" (National Survey on Drug Use and Health). The most commonly used and abused drug in the United States is alcohol. Alcohol-related motor accidents are the second leading cause of teen death in the United States. The most commonly used illegal drug is marijuana. "About 3.9% of the world's population between the ages of 15 and 64 abuse marijuana" (United Nations of 2008 World Drug Report).

Drug abuse and addiction is a problem that has been increasing immensely among our society today. Drug addictions can only hinder or restrain people from accomplishing goals or dreams in life. Drug abuse refers to regular intake of substances, which are hazardous to our health. These substances vary from prescribed medications, alcohol, and cigarettes to narcotic drugs such as cocaine, hashish, heroin, etc. Drug abuse and addiction have negative consequences for individuals and for society. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around us.

"My goal in life wasn't living… it was getting high. Over the years, I turned to...