International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2015

Date: June 27, 2015

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International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The UN General Assembly, in 1987, decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.This is done as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

The theme of this year was : Lets Develop — Our Lives — Our Communities — Our Identities — Without Drugs.

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Drug Abuse-  

Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans. Abused drugs include

Amphetamines
Anabolic steroids
Club drugs
Cocaine
Heroin
Inhalants
Marijuana
Prescription drugs

Effects of Drug Abuse-

   Drugs have the ability to affect your mood. They can arose certain emotions and can also diminish others.
   Drugs changes your behaviour which is the result of changes in your brain caused when drugs interfere with the chemicals in your brain.
   Drugs cause mental health problems including anxiety, mood swings, depression, aggression and sleeping problems.
   Psychoactive drugs can cause delusions
   They can also affect your sense of personal identity and reality
   Schizophrenia and asthma are very common health problems
   Drug overuse can also lead to heart attacks and can damage the cartilage of your nose, if inhaled
   Injection can damage your veins and body tissues
   Some drugs have the power to overstimulate your heart and nervous system. However, some can be linked with memory problems.