Drug Addiction Among Young People

Many young people today get addicted to drugs – they become dependant on various types of mind-altering or stimulating medicines or illegal ones. Addiction often comes hand-in-hand with narcotic effects, whether they are strong or light. It is only a question of time when you get addicted. You gradually become destroyed on all the levels of your health. And this is sad.

It turns out to be sadder when you come to know that typical age range of drug addicts is from 15 to 30 years. People of this age represent the main working group in a country, they are both core and roots of a society. The addiction is also wide-spread geographically – you can find people having problems with drugs everywhere, not only in low-life countries, but in well-developed ones too.

First of all, young people are especially vulnerable to different sorts of illegal things. Usually it all starts in schools. Children from problematic backgrounds often go into alcohol and then into drugs. First comes the psychological addiction and then physical – 'you want' and 'you need'. They destroy you and then destroy you harder as you get more tolerant to substances.

The biggest group of addicts are students as they get off their families and there is no one over them to control. Plus, the spirit of freedom often blinds them and then they cannot get rid of their addiction. The life of addicts becomes spoiled in all spheres – social, as they need to communicate with other addicts, they lose their contacts with families and friends; economical – as they spend all their money on drugs (which are usually very expensive), addicts start to earn their money illegally (running rackets, prostitution, etc.) – all these problems are incidental if to compare them to health problems – drugs are primary dangerous to people health.

Opiates like heroin are the most murderous drugs – they waste away your physical resources and supress your heart's work. Heroin is even more dangerous as the form of injections is the most appropriate for achieving the narcotic effect. Here comes the AIDS. This disease is often called epidemy of our century as there is no treatment and effects are hard to resist and it is lethal.

So, as everyone can see, drugs plague our life and life of youth, specifically. It can easily appear to somebody that addiction is an one-way ticket for drug-user, but it is not like that. With proper help and strong will one can fully overcome drugs. I think the problem of drug addiction among young people is a top problem of a government willing to develop.

This is a very important issue, and one that is of great concern in Norway as well. There will always be addicts, so the top priority, I think, should be proper care and help for those who need and want it. -Kristine

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