Substance Abuse and Their Health and Socio-Economic Effects I

Impact of substance abuse

Some drugs are categorized as hard drugs because of how harmful they are. Commonly abused hard drugs are:

  • Cannabis also known as hemp, igbo, ganja, stone
  • Cocaine
  • Heroine
  • Ecstasy

Other drugs which are addictive and have harmful effects on health, but which still allow the users to function are called recreational drugs. These include:

  • Alcohol also known as ogogoro
  • Tobacco also known as taba
  • Prescription drugs such as valium and codeine.

Health impact of using drugs

  1. Mental disorder
  2. Fatigue
  3. Serious diseases such as lung disease
  4. Poor work brain
  5. Addiction
  6. Violence
  7. Death

Socio-economic impact of using drugs

  1. Poor school performance
  2. Disruption in relationship with families and others.
  3. School dropout
  4. Financial problem
  5. Unkept personality
  6. Inability to focus
  7. Under development of a community
  8. Poverty



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