The LCD, the heroin and the cocaine are which are sometimes used for prescription purposes, known to cause far much devastating effects when misused, and for this purpose, most people are not aware of their potentiality as medicinal drugs. Adults in America however are aware of the clinical significance of the three drugs, and that they should be taken only under the strict administration of a fully qualified medical personnel (Howley, 1993 pp. 100). It is also sad that a collection of both the youth and some section of adults may not profess this, but view the use of these drugs as a route to escape from problems.
This is because the use of certain drugs are able to usher in cathartic effects on life’s glaring realities and inconsistencies (the depressants). Other drugs on the other hand are also capable of bringing about hyperactiveness and a feeling of joy and pleasure (the stimulants). The consequences of these drugs are far reaching and sure in the sense that no one can trifle with these drugs and remain impregnable to the consequences. Some of the consequences touch on substance reliance syndrome, or chemical dependency commonly known as addiction. This is normally characterized by the patient not being able to do without a certain drug.
The situation gets serious with time in the sense that sudden withdrawal from the drug may lead to death. Abuse of these types of drugs are also known to cause or to promote psychological disorder or mental illnesses. Psychologists posit that substance abuse in America is known to be responsible for 12% of mental illnesses in America. A disease that is known to be caused by substance abuse is schizophrenia, and. While these illnesses are known to be more permanent than temporal, substance abuse is also known to be highly accompanied by a temporal state of mental incontinence.
At this stage, the victim become very vulnerable (Fish 2006 pp. 65). Drug and substance abuse are also known to have a very clear effect on the psycho- social well being of a person. This is because, the essence of all the interpersonal relationships that individuals have is the total summation of their mental state. This is because, it is the mind that dictates an individual’s behavior, choice and communication mannerisms. Substance abuse or drug abuse alters the conventional mindset of a person, and thereby also taking its toll on the social well being of a person.
In severe cases, the victim, having portrayed aggressive anti social behavior may be sent to asylum, on the premise that the victim may now be considered a social threat. In concomitance with this, this is the fact that dabbling with these drugs may jeopardize an individual’s career and profession. Most people shun the use of these drugs in America. It is on this backdrop that religious organizations such as the National Anti drug Abuse Organization has been formed to inculcate consciousness among the youth and the adolescents about the dangers of these drugs.
Myriads of non governmental organizations also target the youth to this end. The American federal government also allocates budgetary allocation to eradicate the culture of the abuse of these drugs (Barber, 1997 pp. 199). In addition to this, the American government totally outlaws the possession of some these drugs by any other party save the medical and health care givers fraternity as an artifice to limit the availability and accessibility of these drugs.
The general perception of people who misuse these drugs is that the addicts still should have their dignity retained, and to this end, these people should be helped by being rehabilitated. This is the a widely conceived methodology by the social workers and the religious fraternity. This group claims 81% of the total population. However, there are those who hold a very puritanical perception towards the drug addicts merely focusing on the fact or the opinion that these people ventured into this fateful situation on their own volition. This group represents less than 19% of the American population (Jones- Witters and Witters, 1993 pp 109).