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WHAT IS A DRUG?

A medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body. 

Or

Drug is a substance, which may have medicinal, intoxicating performance enhancing or other effects when taken or put into a human body or the body of another animal and is not considered a food or exclusively a food. Or drug is any substance that, when absorbed into the body, changes normal or abnormal bodily function.


WHAT ARE HARMFUL OR ILLICIT DRUGS?

Harmful or Illicit drugs are the abuse of illegal drugs and/or the misuse of prescription medications or household substances.


Harmful drugs are pretty much any you buy off the street or use incorrectly there are too many to list but here are a few of the most commonly abused alcohol, Marijuana methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, Inhalants, LSD, tobacco, Angel Dust, Mushrooms and even refined white sugar! A drug can be a very harmful substance, which could affect the brain negatively.

Drugs like Advil, Tylenol, or even prescription medications can be harmful or helpful.

 

To be helpful medications should always be taken correctly, according to either the label or the doctor's recommendation.

There is a lot of talk about drugs in the world—on the streets, at school, on the Internet and TV. Some of it is true, some not.


In the days in which we live, it is common to know someone who has a problem with drug addiction. However, it is uncommon to see the youth doing drugs and also rushing into it and its related issues. Drug addiction will cause one to do things that they otherwise would not have done. Most individuals who have a problem with drug addiction are in denial about how their lives have changed, drug addiction will lead to changes in one’s personality and their physical characteristics. 


Drug abuse continues to emerge as a strategy among youth to cope with the problems of unemployment, neglect, violence and sexual abuse. At the same time, there is considerable abuse of drugs among socially integrated young people, particularly in the unindustrialized world. This may be attributed in part to the fact that significant portions of the world’s youth population are being exposed to a culture that appears to be more tolerant towards the use of  drugs.

The data available present a situation of concern in terms of the abuse of drugs among young people in almost every region of the world. Many articles prove that the United States of America, the United Nations and the world at large has proved decertification on this issue. Moreover, So much effort has been made to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking around the world. Yet there is still battle of drug abuse and its related issues and Ghana is not left out of this challenge.


This proves that drugs have been probably the biggest contributor to the downfall of the world over the years. There are many drugs with many different side effects. In addition, looking at the way the youth of this generation are getting excited using drugs is making it very worrisome. All these drugs mentioned are horrible for the health of the youth and are easily killing them, and those who are not killed by these drugs are ruining their own lives. It has become very apparent that the youth are more interested in doing drugs and also have greater interest in drug related issues. Many young adults do drugs out of curiosity, peers influence, some by dealers and others do out of ignorance. Because of the significant increase of drug use among the youth now, drug abuse and addiction has become the fuel of many crimes in the world today.


Do not be misled. You need facts to avoid becoming hooked on drugs and to help your friends stay off them.

We believe that sooner or later—if it hasn’t already happened—our relatives, or someone close to us, will be offered drugs. And the decision of whether or not to use them could drastically affect our lives.

That is why Anti-Drug Youth Ministry Gh. a public benefit Youth Club has taken it up to sensitize all persons mostly the youth with all the needed information about drugs so they can make knowledgeable decisions and live drug-free. 

Any addict will tell you they never expected a drug to take control of their life or maybe that they started with “just pot” and that it was “just something to do” with their friends. They thought they could handle it and when they found out they couldn’t, it was too late.

You have a right to know the FACTS about drugs—not opinions, hype or scare tactics. So how do you tell fact from fiction? 

That is why we have created this websites—for you. Learn about the fact and inform friends about our program, encourage them to visit and learn more about the negative effects of drugs right here.

 

FACTS ABOUT DRUGS ARE ALARMING:

When a person takes drugs, the first thing that happens is their thinking capability slows down. They are not able to function at their full capacity. Symptoms such as drowsiness and lethargy occur. These are the basic and the wide symptoms. However, some drug abuse makes a person more energetic. While some people might like to feel high, which is caused by the intake of such drugs, however, it has a highly negative effect on the human body.

The most common effect of drug abuse aside from mental issues is the kidney problem. It is one of the first organ which starts to die when taking drugs. The first thing that happens in the kidney is that it starts to get mutilated. Drug abuse makes it difficult for a person to be healthy in any condition. There is no way a person who is abusing drugs stay healthy.


Other facts about drugs are drug abuse is not easy to control or prevent. There are people who have been abusing drugs for many years. They become dependent on it and can’t let go of that addiction anymore. There are many different hospitals which allow drug addicts to get into programs. These programs are designed especially for people who abuse drugs. They are provided with medical care as well as the right counseling. This helps them deal with the withdrawal after the many years of drug abuse.


The misuse of drugs leads to addiction. And, addiction is a complex disease. It can be cured, however, it takes a very long complicated process and that only few drug users can survive.

To diminish the effects of addiction, early intervention as prevention works best. To summarize the facts about drugs, addiction and drug abuse involves a lot of risk factors such as mental illness, aggressive behavior, physical or sexual abuse, poor parent-child relations, academic problems, and poor social skills. Early intervention, combined with better understanding and motivational counseling processes can be applied to avert the misuse of drugs from starting when cautionary signs emerge.

 

BASIC FACTS ABOUT COMMONLY ABUSED DRUG:

The facts about these commonly abused drugs have been compiled from multiple references.

They are included here to provide you with the truth about what these drugs are and what they do.



 

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE:

Abuse of prescription drugs has become a more serious problem than most street drugs. Painkillers, tranquilizers, antidepressants, sleeping pills and stimulants may appear “safe” due to being prescribed by doctors, but they can be just as addictive and potent as the heroin or cocaine sold on the street. The painkiller OxyContin, for example, is as powerful as heroin and affects the body in the same way. Continued use of painkillers, depressants (“downers”), stimulants (“uppers”) or antidepressants can lead to addiction—and painful withdrawal symptoms for those who try to quit.


Just a few of the effects of these drugs are given here.

Painkillers: OxyContin, Fentanyl, morphine, Percodan, Demerol are a few of a long list of painkillers. Effects can include slowed breathing, nausea and unconsciousness. Abuse can lead to addiction.

Depressants: These drugs, which slow down your brain and nervous system functions, include Xanax, Zyprexa, Amytal, Seconal, Valium and many others. Effects can include heart problems, weight gain, fatigue1 and slurred speech. Continued use can lead to addiction.

Stimulants: These drugs speed up your heart rate and breathing, similar to “speed” or cocaine. They include Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and drugs known as “bennies.” Effects include increased blood pressure and heartbeat, hostility and paranoia.

Antidepressants: Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Celexa are some of the commonly used antidepressants. Effects can include irregular heartbeat, paranoid reactions, violent or suicidal thoughts and hallucinations. Long-term use can lead to addiction.

Painkillers, depressants and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths in the United States than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines combined.