THE REASON BEHIND THE DRUG PROBLEM
ince the early 1960s, drug use has steadily increased, beginning in the United States and quickly reaching our shores.
Now we see our own cities in the grip of the drug epidemic.
By drugs are meant opiates, cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, heroin and LSD (to mention a few). Mind-altering prescription drugs and tranquilisers are included. There are thousands of trade names and slang terms for these drugs. Alcohol is also classified as a drug.
Drugs operate by either stimulating or inhibiting certain chemical reactions in the body. The accumulated effects of drug-taking can leave one severely impaired, both physically and mentally. Even when off drugs for years a person can still experience lapses and “blank periods.” Drugs can seriously injure one’s ability to concentrate, to work, to learn, to deal with others. In short, they can shatter a life.
Why, then, do drugs continue to take more victims every day? It has been found that drug abusers began taking drugs because of physical suffering or hopelessness. When a person is depressed, unhappy or in pain — physically or emotionally — and finds no relief, he may turn to drugs. When people are told there is no “cure,” or that their pains and worries are “imaginary,” many instinctively turn to whatever substance might bring relief or make life less of a burden. In other words, unable to do something about their condition, they chemically alter their perceptions of it with drugs.
The young fall prey to pressure from their peers and so succumb to drugs, while others are trapped by addiction to prescription drugs. There are many doors in, but few exits.
Thus the drug dilemma has many faces and ramifications — the corporate manager hooked on cocaine; the housewife who cannot get through a day without pills to escape her migraine; the college student partying wildly all night long at an ecstasy-fuelled rave; the school child addicted to and turning anti-social from the drug prescribed for his “learning disorder.”
Nearly everyone knows someone adversely affected by drugs.
And while many have tried to solve the problem, lacking an effective solution, they have failed to halt ever-increasing drug consumption.