Essay on Drug Abuse And Its Effects

1087 Words Feb 17th, 2016 null Page
Currently in the United States, drug abuse has been an increasing issue, with heroin among the top most abused drugs. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, "In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users." This is stated, in comparison to past years (2002-2012), where the number has increased from 8.3 percent to 9.4 percent (SAMHSA). With this increase, it is important to seek solutions so more users have treatment options available to suit their needs and decrease the use of drugs. Some individuals are self-medicating with heroin as an escape from their underlying depression. This form of addiction requires not only physical addiction treatment, but also the active treatment for depression. The road to addiction can have different paths. Some users have started their heroin use by experimenting, and without intentions of the drug making them feel better in life. Others may have started with these intentions, seeking an escape from their depression. Regardless of how the substance use occurred, both are forms of self-medicating. Oxford English Dictionaries define the term "self-medicate" as, "to administer to oneself a drug or remedy as medication, other than with a prescription or an medical advice" or also "to treat oneself with a self-administered drug or other remedy" (OED). These people that are self-medicating with heroin are at risk for developing a full addiction. People experimenting…

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