The Use of Drugs or Narcotics Essay – 450 Words
- what is a drug
- what are narcotics or drugs
- drugs or opium used to be taken hundreds of years ago. Now people are taking drugs in greater numbers
- how drugs affect us badly
- steps to check drug-taking are immediately needed.
“Taking drugs amounts to committing a slow suicide.”
A drug is a substance that is either used as a medicine or is used for bringing deep sleep or dreams. And so are narcotics or drugs that cause sleep and bring strange feelings and dreams. It means that those who use drugs or narcotics just intoxicate themselves (make themselves out of contact with and forgetful of realities).
Drugs like opium used to be taken even hundreds of years ago, and the Chinese before their independence were habituated to them by the Westerners to destroy them as a nation. How are drugs like heroin, cocaine, and marijuana (hashish) grown and chemically prepared in Asia and South America, especially, and exported to Europe, America, Canada and other parts of the world in huge quantities? Not only that drug addicts are increasing in number in the growing countries, but also the advanced and educated people almost the world over are getting used to them. As a result, the governments of advanced countries and world bodies are taking practical steps to stop the production and distribution of drugs.
It is well known that those who use drugs lose their mental and physical balance, and if they take much of them, they are close to entering Death’s mouth. Drug addicts cannot work regularly at any place and in any capacity. They need money constantly for drugs, but they cannot earn it well. And, when they cannot earn much and need more and more drugs, they sell their property, cheat others, steal or beg. They even join other thieves or criminals and become a constant danger to and burden on society.
You must have seen drug addicts begging on street corners in wretched (extremely bad) condition. Quite often young people, grown dangerously thin and with sunken cheeks, lifeless eyes, and torn clothes are found extending their hands to passing vehicles for money to have some puffs at a powder-filled cigarette. At times these unfortunate people die on footpaths (sidewalks) or in hospital surroundings, unattended and unwept.
It is high time the public at large began checking the drug-taking habits of the spoilt people. No doubt the government has set up, in co-operation with world agencies, some hospitals, and clinics for the treatment of drug addicts. Drug dealers, in any case, should be caught and punished readily and finally.
The Use of Drugs or Narcotics Essay – 350 Words
- Addictive potential of drugs
- Drug addiction in Pakistan
Drug addiction is a state of periodic or chronic intoxication produced by the repeated consumption of a drug. Its characteristics include an overpowering desire or need to continue taking the drug and to obtain it by any means and a tendency to increase the dose. Drugs known to cause addiction include both legal and illegal drugs. The addictive potential of a drug varies from substance to substance, and from individual to individual. Heroin, cocaine, alcohol and tobacco cause more harm and addiction respectively.
During the last two decades, drug abuse is rapidly growing in Pakistan. Almost five percent of the adult population is using drugs in Pakistan. It is estimated that about 50 tonnes of opium is smuggled into Pakistan annually for processing. Almost 80 percent of the opium processed in Pakistan comes from neighboring countries especially Afghanistan. People use drugs out of curiosity. They rely on drugs owing to loneliness, depression, irritation, stress, anxiety, aggression, loss of self-esteem and lack of confidence.
Easy access to drugs, financial pressures, poverty, unemployment, lack of recreational activities, illiteracy, problems at work and loss of a loved one may be other causes of drug addiction. The effects of drug addiction are far reaching. The main effects are unhappiness, crime, divorce, suicide, depression, major illness and death. The drugs change brain chemistry, which results in a change in behavior. A large number of diseases are directly caused by drug addiction. Addicts have a much higher likelihood of committing crimes than others.
The alcohol-related deaths on streets and highways, the abuse of the health care system by addicts, the absenteeism on the job and the serious risk of HIV infection are some other problems related to drug addiction. Although South Asian countries have enacted strict laws for fighting drug trafficking and drug use yet corruption in these countries the warted the attempts of controlling drug addiction.
The government should take serious steps to tackle this issue with the help of the international community. Health care facilities should be extended to the victims for rehabilitation. The government should provide employment and opportunities of healthy recreation for the public so that the new generation could be saved from indulging in drug addiction.