What is drug addiction?
Drug addiction is a phenomenon in which a living organisms had successfully built up dependence on a particular drug and cannot do without the drug,even when the drug is of no therapeutic benefits.

Causes of drug addiction:
Peer pressure is one of predisposing factors in drug addiction and misuse among others like poverty,illiteracy,ignorance,ineffective drug management et cetera.
What are the signs of addition?
- Possession of drug paraphernalia like drug wrapping paper,syringe and needle,tobacco pot.
- Red shot or pinpointed eyes.
-Slurred speech.
- Involvement in social vices like rape,kidnapping,, drunkenness,armed robbery,prostitutions etc.
-Dishonesty,arrogance and callousness.

Social economic and health implications of drug addiction:
- HIV/AIDS and other STIs
-Psychosis(mental health problems).
_Armed robbery.
-Burden on healthcare facilities.
- Funds earmarked for rehabilitation of drug addicts.

How can we combat the menace?
-Formation of drug free clubs in our schools E.g. Red cross,Girls guild etc.
-Through intensification of campaign against drug abuse.
-Enactment and enforcement of laws prohibiting or controlling of drugs liable to abuse.
-Parents and guardians should watch their wards closely.
-Keep drugs out of the reach of children.

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Many people do not understand why people become addicted to drugs or how drugs change the brain that leads to compulsive drug abuse.

They mistakenly view drug abuse and addiction as strictly a social problem and may characterize those who take drugs as morally weak. One very common belief is that drug abusers should be able to just stop taking drugs if they are only willing to change their behavior but they can't on their free will.

What people often underestimate is the complexity of drug addiction --Paracetamol for example is generally regarded as a pain killer of choice for headache as such, drug peddlers sells it inside buses,on a tray inside markets for people to consume.
What people do not know is that any drug been used without been prescribed by either a doctor or a pharmacist is self medication and can be greatly abused leading to serious health issues as in the case of paracetamol overdose resulting into liver damage.

Through scientific advances we now know much more about how exactly drugs work in the brain because drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and resume productive lives but prevention is better than cure.

What Is Drug Addiction?

Drug addiction is a severe,relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the drug addict and those around them.

Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person's self-control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time create an intense impulse to take drugs hence drug misuse.

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