DRUG AND DRUG ABUSE

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Drugs are chemicals or substances that that change the way our bodies work. They are the medical substances that we take into our bodies to cure us from illness and diseases.

Drug Abuse is simply defined as the use of drugs and other substance without the advice of a doctor or pharmacist. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined drug abuse as a persistent or sporadic excessive drug use in consistent with or unrelated to acceptable medical practice.

Consequences of Drug Abuse

  • Production of pleasurable feelings.
  • Development of tolerance for drugs
  • Requiring large and larger quantities to produce the same effect
  • Acting on the brain to reduce sense of pain
  • Restlessness
  • Convulsion
  • Mental disorder
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Dependence
  • Withdrawal
  • Poor work performance
  • Debts
  • Stealing
  • School drop out
  • Fraud
  • Armed robbery
  • Social outcast

Synthetic and Naturally Occurring Substance/Drugs

Naturally occurring drugs are drugs obtained from nature. On the other hand synthetic occurring drugs are product of interaction between chemicals. These drugs are made by human beings to prevent and treat diseases. Examples of synthetic drugs are Asprin, Paracetamol, Phensic, Panadol, Benylin Syrup, Procold, etc.

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