We all know drugs as one of the most important tools for fighting diseases but the disadvantages of drugs should be clearly understood if we are to ensure that we use it responsibly. For this, it is important to define drugs in the context of something that is ingested by the patient to achieve a certain pleasurable or disease-mitigating effect. Holistically, the definition of drugs should not only be limited to artificial pills and syrup sold or store shelves or the prohibited illegal drugs that are well known to cause serious complications; even those that come from natural and organic sources must also be considered as drugs and as such should be taken in moderation.
There are multiple reasons for this caution to take drugs in moderation. Think about it; even the most delicious tiramisu has its fair share of side effects.
Drugs are designed to alter normal body chemistry. As such, they are likely to cause side effects that range from annoying to downright serious. In an Africa safari, introducing tourists into the habitat of animals alter their behavior ever so slightly disturbing what is normal and commonplace. Drugs work in much the same way; side effects that arise from drug use can lead to other conditions that may also give rise to other serious conditions so moderation and sticking to a prescription is key. Common examples include nausea, vomiting, an upset stomach, skin irritation and the likes.
In many cases, clinical strength drugs are made from synthetic chemicals which are otherwise not present in the body. It’s like finding a jackleg drill in the toolkit of an architect; it’s out of place and unwanted despite its usefulness. Clinical strength artificial chemicals in the body can upset body chemistry, alter the way the body functions, and introduce foreign substances that may not only lead to adverse reactions but may also cause mutations which can give rise to other diseases.
Drugs create a certain level of dependency. If one earns from a ogl scam, he is likely to come back to it despite its known negative effects. Drugs work in much the same way. An acquired dependency can lead to a vicious cycle of drug use that may become unregulated over time. Even substances like coffee and soda, which are the most ubiquitous of consumer products, have caffeine that can lead to substance dependency. In the case of drugs which are clinical strength, the dependency can develop much faster. Limiting the dosage on all levels, and unless otherwise prescribed, is paramount to responsible drug use.
The ultimate truth about drugs is that all drugs have side effects, and that regular usage can lead to a dependency. If one can be addicted to a task like finding contractor leads or reading through the dentist directory – mundane, but are nonetheless true and documented addictions – how much more can one stay away from drugs which are taken into one’s system? Drugs have many disadvantages and we should all be wary with every use.
Don’t Let The Drugs Take Control
In an age where explicit content is readily available, it is easy to get influenced by what we see. Now with R-rated movies, you do not have to go through the ticket booth and show that you are of age—now, you have the option to download it or watch online. Or perhaps you had a good high school education, got into a good college, when someone hands you a pill and tells you to take it. The continuous drug use among the youth is a result of a mix between what is shown as ’cool’ and what your friends are doing (peer pressure).
So how can we ensure that our children do not grow up to become junkies? First of all, you must talk to them. As parents, you have to be aware of what they do and what they like, whom they’re hanging out with and who they listen to. This isn’t you being a nosy parent—this is you knowing who your son or daughter is, and if you show that there can be trust with no suspicion, then they won’t hesitate to be open to you. If all you are doing is checking their grades and grounding them for an F, then they might just turn their backs on you and look elsewhere for support. Once they get started on the gateway substances, it is easy for them to move on to hard drugs. However, if it is pot they’re asking talking about, you might want to listen—what was once known as the gateway drug is now showing positive results with zero side effects for various symptoms and conditions (glaucoma, sciatica, insomnia, depression, to name a few.) Do not smother them with ‘No’s’ as they might find ‘Yes’s’ from someone else. Show them that there isn’t a reason to rebel, and no reason to try self-harming drugs.
With the media holding so much power over its audience, telling people to stay tuned, tweet your response, check out our website, and vote now, the influence over a young adult can come from so many different directions. Keeping the right company, the right values, the right mindset and attitude are a sure way to avoid drug addiction. But if by some regretful circumstance, someone you care about falls into that downward spiral, help them out of it as quickly (and as carefully) as possible—stage an intervention, send them to rehab, take all the necessary steps to recovery, and recover with them. It’s tasking and possibly expensive, but it’s better than having to keep hiring the same car accident lawyer for the same D-U-I. Drug addiction can also be a symptom of a bigger problem—they could be depressed or even suicidal, they could be mentally unstable or have a heavy burden to carry, with no one to turn to for help. The best thing to avoid situations like these is really through communication—a support group, healthy relationships, and being honest and non-judgmental are key to a clean lifestyle.
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When traveling from Central America to the United States through Mexico, immigrants are forced to battle drug cartels, corrupt police officers, and human traffickers, all before they even come close to the US border.
People tend to assume that the immigrants crossing the US–Mexico border are all Mexican. The reality is that a large percentage of them come from Central America, and their journey north is grueling. To get to the US, they first have to pass through Mexico, an ordeal that often ends up being even more difficult than getting into the United States. Most migrants cross into Mexico on rafts, via the Suchiate River. After that, they need to protect themselves from corrupt Mexican police, drug cartels like the infamous Zetas, and even fellow migrants. They often travel by foot and by pubic transit, but many of them ride on top of the Beast, the freight trains that travel from the south to the north of Mexico.
While the majority of the migrants are young men, a small percentage of them are women who endure hardships like the possibility of being raped by basically anyone they come across. Some of them are forced to stay in the border state of Chiapas and work as prostitutes because they are too weak to keep going, need to save some money to continue their journey, or, if they decide to stay , so they can travel back and forth between Mexico and their home countries to visit their kids[NJ1] .
In this episode of Fringes, we followed Yoana, a young girl from Guatemala who has been living in the small town of Huixtla, Chiapas, working as a prostitute to make money to help her two sons. We tagged along with a special unit from the state government that is in charge of protecting migrants as they travel through Chiapas. We then hopped on board the Beast with more than 400 other migrants traveling from Arriaga to Ixtepec, Oaxaca, to try to understand the hardships they go through and why they leave their homes in the first place.