We have all heard the remarks: “One time won’t make me addicted”, “It won’t hurt anyone”, or  “it’s just one ‘high’ calm down.” But in a constant developing society no one stops to notice or question these short phrases. We fast forward over a problem that affects many people today and don’t realize the internal struggle to want more and more until it’s too late. Drug abuse affects a person’s behavior and brain leading to the inability to control the want or need for a substance. This issue affects millions of people around the globe and as time continues to pass people want larger doses leading to permanent health risks and even death.

We all know that pesky salesman who comes up to sell a new brand-new vacuum cleaner with all parts included but in this situation who is the salesman helping you or himself? This is very similar to drugs because once we start using drugs we become more addicted and more attached. These drugs aren’t helping you, they are just there to point out and prove a disadvantage. These drugs become a disadvantage because “People with addiction often have one or more associated health issues, which could include lung or heart disease, stroke, cancer, or mental health conditions. Imaging scans, chest X-rays, and blood tests can show the damaging effects of long-term drug use throughout the body (drug abuse.gov).” Not only do we see this in physical health issues but also in mental health. We often see schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression coexist with addiction. Therefore causing: vulnerability, compulsion, and obligation. 

Drug abuse affects almost every part of your mental and physical health causing dental problems, overdose, damage to the brain and peripheral system, and damage to cells. Drugs are changing people’s lives in a negative way and not only is it a problem for the person but think about your family, friends, or coworkers who believe in you. By using drugs, it affects pregnancy, secondhand smoke, increase to infectious diseases, and increased risk in motor vehicle accidents. Don’t let one decision determine the rest of your life choices, choose a path and make something of yourself. 


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