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Explaining Drug Use and Abuse Chapter 2
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Why Do People Use Drugs? Why do people subject their bodies and minds to the harmful effects of repetitive drug use, eventual addiction, and relapse back into drug use? Why is drug use a more serious problem today than in the past? © Photos.com
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Ten Reasons Why Drug Use Is More Serious Today 1. From 1960 to the present, drug use has become a widespread phenomenon. 2. Drugs are much more potent than they were years ago. 3. Drug use remains extremely popular. Their sale is a multibillion dollar a year business, with major influence on many national economies. 4. More so than years ago, both licit and illicit drugs are introduced and experimented with by youths at an increasingly younger age. These drugs are often supplied by older siblings, friends, and acquaintances.
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Ten Reasons Why Drug Use Is More Serious Today 5. Through the media, people in today’s society are more directly exposed to direct advertising of drugs. 6. Greater availability and wider dissemination of drug information, e.g., spam emails, drug websites for purchasing prescription drugs without prescriptions, chat rooms, and methods and instructions on how to make drugs. 7. Crack as well as crystal methamphetamine and other manufactured “newer” drugs offer potent effects at low cost.
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Ten Reasons Why Drug Use Is More Serious Today 8. Drug use endangers the future of a society by harming its youth and potentially destroying the lives of many young men and women. 9. Drug use and especially drug dealing are becoming major factors in the growth of crime rates among the young. 10. Seven in ten drug users work full-time and this increases the possibility of serious accidents in the workplace.
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Basic Reasons People Take Drugs Searching for pleasure Relieve pain, stress, tension, or depression Peer pressure Enhance religious or mystical experiences Enhance social experiences Enhance work performance, (i.e. amphetamine- types of drugs and cocaine) Relieve pain or symptoms of illness Can you think of additional reasons not listed above?
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Nature of Addiction Should addiction be considered: - A bad habit? - A failure of healthy choices? - A failure of morality? - A symptom of other problems? - A chronic disease?
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Costs of Addiction Although public perception of drug abuse and addiction as a major social problem has waxed and waned over the past 20 years, the social costs of addiction have not.
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