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Personal & Social Dangers of Drug Abuse

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
In this lesson, you're going to learn about the many unfortunate personal and social dangers that drug abuse poses, including those that can harm society at large.

What is Drug Abuse?

If you've ever known someone to abuse drugs, you likely noticed that they had a pattern of using the drug(s) in such a way that it negatively impacted their physical and psychological functions. This is what drug abuse is.

Drug abuse not only poses personal dangers to the individual using the drug but also social dangers to the people around them.

This lesson will go over both the personal and social dangers of drug abuse.

The Personal Dangers of Drug Abuse

Jill never did any drugs her entire life. However, she hit a really rough patch where she lost her job, went through a bad divorce, and couldn't find a place to call home for a long time. She was at an all-time low and thought that using drugs, just a little bit, would help take the edge off of what was going on around her.

Without even realizing it, Jill became a full-blown addict, and the personal dangers to her mental and physical health began to pile on.

People who abuse drugs report feeling depressed, impulsive, and unable to make sound decisions in their life. They also suffer from memory problems, the inability to properly control their behaviors, and a difficulty in learning new things.

Physically speaking, drug abuse can lead to heart problems, difficulty walking, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, changes in eating habits, tremors, and even seizures.

In severe cases, it can lead to organ failure, coma, and death.

The Social Dangers of Drug Abuse

Let's just pretend that Jill doesn't care that she has trouble remembering things nowadays or that her heart has developed an irregular heartbeat or that she might die from her drug abuse problem.

Does this make it better? For her, of course not! But even for society, there is a cost and a danger to someone else's abuse of drugs.

A person who is using drugs can pose a danger to society in many ways as the drugs influence their actions and decisions. This includes:

  • Causing a potentially deadly car accident
  • Passing on potentially deadly diseases by sharing needles
  • Killing someone while in a drug-induced rage

Even for Jill herself, she faces the danger of several social repercussions due to her drug abuse, including:

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