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Summary about Drug Abuse

The high usage of legal or illegal drugs is referred to as drug abuse. It happens when you take more than the prescribed amount or use another person's medications. Drug abuse is usually done to feel better, relieve stress, or escape reality. It is different from drug addiction because the person can stop whenever they want. 

Drug Abuse Facts and Figures 

According to a United Nations report, there are around 7.6 million drug addicts in Pakistan, of which 78% are males, and 22% are females. It has also been found that the number of people using drugs is increasing at a drastic rate of 40,000 annually, making Pakistan one of the top drug-affected countries worldwide. The facts and statistics related to drug abuse have been listed below:

Prevalence of Drug Abuse in Pakistan7.6 million 
Common inTeenagers and Young Adults 
At-Risk GenderMales
Average Age for Diagnosis18 to 20 years
Problems related to Drug abuseConvulsions, stroke, mental disorder, brain impairment
Specialists Who Treat Drug abusePsychologists

Symptoms of Drug Abuse

Drug abuse symptoms and signs may include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Frequent sniffling
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Injection marks on arms
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Depression
  • Euphoria
  • Paranoia

Causes of Drug Abuse

The causes of drug abuse may include the following:

  • Curiosity or peer pressure
  • Using prescribed medicines in excessive amounts
  • To escape reality
  • Due to stress, depression, or anxiety

Preventive Measures of Drug Abuse

You can take the following measures to prevent drug abuse:

  • Avoid Temptation and Peer Pressure: Do not become pressured to use drugs because of your friends or someone close to you. Avoid their company and focus on other things.
  • Seek Therapy: If you are going through a tough time, seeking mental help from a therapist is better than using drugs.
  • Develop life goals and Practice Stress-management

Drug Abuse Treatment

The treatment options for drug abuse include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
  • Contingency Management
  • Treatment with Medication

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