Drug Abuse and its Prevention
Introduction: Drug abuse has become a worldwide problem in modern times. Drug means a habit-forming substance which is taken pleasure or excitement and which induces sleep or produces insensibility. Youth and teenagers are more prone to become the victims of drug abuse.
Difficult to control: Thousands of men and billions of dollars are involved in drug traffic. That is why it is so difficult to keep it under control.
Prepared from harmful substances: Drug is smuggled into India from many countries. Drug is generally prepared from opium and/or other harmful substances and chemicals. This intoxicating evil is introduced in the market under various names.
Why do people take drugs? When a drug is taken for the first time, it stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain. It is for sake of pleasure that most users first get accustomed to it. They take drugs to forget pain, sorrow, insult,and to escape from reality.
Various forms: Drugs are taken in various forms. Some are taken through injection, some are smoked and some are chewed and swallowed. Drugs are sold in deserted houses, lonely places, hotels, parks, and street corners.
Problems of Drug abuse: We have heard of reports where young person stole their mother’s ornaments to buy drugs. Besides, ruining an addict morally, it also affects him physically. Drug abuse may negatively effect the kidneys and the brain. Harmful drugs attacks the nervous system. It causes loss of appetite, brings drowsiness all the time and saps one’s strength and stamina.
Preventive and Remedial Measures
There are certain preventive and remedial measures for dealing with the problem of drug abuse.
The Government must use all the media to propagate against the habit of drug-taking.
Voluntary organizations should pay more attention to instruct addicts how to give up the vice to bring them to the main stream of public life without shame or sorrow.
Physicians should teach them how to prevent and avoid the evil and how to lead a normal healthy life.
Parents should pay more care, attention and love to their sons and daughters.
Reading of moral and religious books is also helpful to addicts.
The police must act fearlessly to act against the people involved drug traffic.
Let us all decide today that we will never abuse any drug. We should all stand together to fight against this massive problem.