THE USE OF DRUGS IN TODAY'S SOCIETY
What are they?
Legal drugs are drugs you are allowed to take with/without prescription (drugs that the government can tax, and a drug company can make a profit from) e.g. tobacco and caffeine. An illegal drug is a drug that you are not permitted to take with/without prescription (home grown or made outside a regulated lab but the government and companies do not get any money) e.g. weed. There are many effects drugs can have on the human body: damages hearing and eyesight, adrenaline levels rise (feeling of "high"), hallucinations (the "journey"), can cause death if overdosed, harms your nervous system, bad chemicals get into your blood stream, and alters your common sense.
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There are many voluntary sector and private drug and alcohol treatment organisations (FRANK, Narcotics Anonymous, and Families Anonymous). Addicts would be helped through rehabilitation and given medical support.
MANY RELIGIONS HAVE REACHED TO THE MEDIA STATING THE IMPORTANCE OF HELPING THE ONES WHO NEED IT.
Christians have said it is the sick who need a doctor, not the healthy (Mark 2:17). Muslims are expected to help those succumbed to drugs. The Jewish encourage counselling for addicts. Buddhists believe we should forgive and show compassion. Hindus believe aid will bring good karma. Sikhs say it is their duty to help others in society (sewa).
Religions, organisations, doctors, rehab centres etc. can all help to overcome drug problems.
The effects these drugs have to family and friends:
The personality of the user can change; they may attack people, destroy property, or harm themselves. There is also a financial effect: spending money on drugs instead of necessities. They can lose their jobs impacting their incomes affecting their children.