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America’s unwanted tryst with drugs
The entire United States of America is at a war with drugs and its impact on households is well-known. However, a recent news report about some residents allegedly conducting drug deals inside a shelter for homeless veterans battling addiction in downtown Boston is even more disturbing.
According to the report that appeared on Bostonglobe.com in September 2015, nearly 20 percent of the roughly 300 people who stayed at the New England Center and Home for Veterans, were looking to buy or sell drugs. This, despite the Boston shelter’s stated zero tolerance for drug possession.
Though it is not clear as to what fuels America’s tryst with addiction, statistics from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) show that America’s addiction to painkillers and heroin exceeds that of all other countries in the world.
America deals with drug use severely
A spate of incidents, including the seizure of drugs by Boston police from two men in Dorchester in December 2015, have brought back focus on rampant drug use and abuse in Massachusetts. Strict anti-drug laws are in place in America to counter the highest level of illegal drug abuse in the country.
While overdose of drugs may induce dangerous behavior making Americans more inclined to violence or crime, the use of psychedelic drugs has also resulted in cases of mental disorder among the Americans. Unbridled substance abuse has put the country at the top of all the wrong lists, and deaths caused by it is a concern for the public health policy makers in the country.
A global survey data from the World Health Organization (WHO) published in the Pacific Standard clearly states that Americans are more likely to try illegal drugs than anyone else in the world.
Impact of drug use on America
As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2002 to 2013, heroin overdose deaths in the country increased by 286 per cent. The USNews.com reported in 2015 that while most deaths in the U.S. are attributed to misuse of multiple drugs, more than 8,200 people died of a heroin-related overdose in 2013 alone. CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told USNews.com, “The chemical is essentially the same between prescription drugs and heroin. It’s cheaper and widely available – it’s driving this trend.”
Dr. Sharon Levy, assistant professor of pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, told Heraldnews.com in 2014, “Drug use among teens is driven by brain development. Adolescents are looking for excitement. Drugs are one thing that’s readily available to teens.”
Symptoms of drug abuse
As addiction to drugs is a serious issue that must not be ignored, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug abuse at an early stage. Some visible symptoms in drug addicts are:
1. Lack of control
2. Sudden and violent mood swings
3. Risk taking to obtain drugs of one’s own choice
4. Relationship issues
5. Lack of interest in day-to-day activities
7. Sleeping disorders
9. Extreme drug cravings
The way out
The brain functioning and behavior get affected due to the complexities of addiction to drugs. There is no single treatment appropriate for each one and it is necessary to adhere to the recovery treatment procedure for complete recuperation from addiction. Apart from medication, several behavioral therapies are a part of the healing process. The curing procedure generally begins with detoxification, followed by treatment and prevention of relapse.
A person with a problem of drug addiction is unlikely to reach out for help or get enrolled in the de-addiction process on his own. If you or your loved one needs an effective treatment to get rid of drug abuse, call the Boston Drug Treatment Rehab Center helpline at 857-254-1818 to find out more about certified medical interventions and services.