Friday, November 15, 2013

Addiction and Substance Abuse

15th Theme of the 19 Days Activism Campaign is about Addiction and Substance Abuse. |Organisation of the Campaign: Women's World Summit Foundation |WWSF|

Addiction is the repeated use of a psychoactive substance or substances, to the extent that the user (referred to as an addict) is periodically or chronically intoxicated.... shows a compulsion to take the preferred substance(s), ....has great difficulty in voluntarily ceasing or modifying substance use,....and exhibits determination to obtain psychoactive substances by almost any means.

Psychotropic are substances which affect the mind or mental processes. Strictly speaking psychotropic drug is any chemical agent whose primary or significant effects are on the Central Nervous System.

•Each year, 320,000 young people between the age of 15 and 29 die from alcohol-related causes..(WHO)
•Atleast 15.3 million persons have disorders related to drug use. (Idem)
•In the United States, between 2000 to 2009, the number of newborns affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (or neonatal withdrawal syndrome) rose from 1 in 1,000 babies to over 3 in 1,000. According to researchers, an estimated 13,000 were affected in 2009. (HuffingtonPost).

#Why Do People Still Take Psychotropic drugs when the effects are demeaning and destructive...and, How Could They Be Helped? :)
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