Drugs are chemicals that are consumed or introduced to the body aiming at physiological effects. They are the core substance of the medical sector and are a blessing to mankind. It can perform a number of tasks, like inducing stupor, unconsciousness, antibiotics, etc.
However, presently, drugs are being taken by humans for purposes other than medication. Young adults of our society have found a new way of inducing pleasure – by getting addicted to these drugs. Also, some “good drugs” may have side effects that are worse than the persisting ailment. Hence, drugs should only be taken after consulting a physician – or else the consumer is at the mercy of his own mistakes.
One thing that is very clear at the beginning of this discussion is that every drug has been made with a purpose to ease human unease. It is we, the humans, who have found ways to misuse them.
So, are drugs a boon to the society, or a bane?
Positive effects of drugs
• They cure diseases!
Drugs have numerous positive effects. In fact, all of our medicines are drugs. Cancers and other fatal diseases were impossible to cure before the discovery of drugs like taxol and cisplatin. The wonders drugs have done in the world of medication is indescribable in a few words.
• They make pain bearable.
Drugs having a sedative effect often help patients cope with nail-biting pain and assist doctors to carry on surgical procedures. Pain-killers are a huge discovery that is, until today, the sole basis of ease to patients. Aspirin cures headaches and is a wonder in the case of inflammation.
• They create research and job opportunities
With the rise in drug intake, more and more manufacturing companies are coming up with hundreds of job opportunities. Research scientists are also always on the lookout to find something better than what exists.
• Helps people escape reality
One cannot argue, legal or not, drugs are the best way to escape reality and have a little relaxation period. Along with being a stress buster, it has also been proven to be a performance enhancer. Once on drugs, some people have reported a heightened view of the world as a glorious place. Your mood, creativity, confidence, self-confidence, and perception of life can reach a whole new level with correct administration of drugs.
Echoing Edgar Allan Poe, “I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
Negative effects of drugs
• Drug abuse
Drug abuse refers to the point where a person starts taking drugs without a physician’s guidance and in order to experience pleasure. As drugs induce a feeling of getting “high”, drug abuse is a very common problem today. It has ended in fatality for many unfortunate souls.
Followed by drug abuse, people start getting addicted to drugs. It isn’t uncommon, really! The levels of dopamine released when we take drugs are enough to make our body crave for more. If we give in to the cravings, we are gone – life starts having a singular meaning, “drugs”. As we know, all sorts of addictions are bad for health, so are drugs!
• Legal problems
Often, drugs that are consumed for pleasure are illegal. Also, consumption of drugs is prohibited in many workplaces. Driving and roaming in public under the influence of drugs can also lead to legal action.
• Side effects
Many times, even after a physician’s guidance, drugs may lead to adverse side effects. After all, drugs are chemical substances and not natural. When chemicals infuse with our body, they may spark mutations and problems that may cause various diseases and other problems.
• Money wastage
When addicted, drugs can lead you to money wastage. You start investing all your money and time into drugs. It’s a vicious cycle that never ends. You start going down in debts and losing everything. Your work, home, and health start getting affected – to stabilize which you invest even more money!
To end with, I’ll quote Frank Zappa from The Real Frank Zappa book, “A drug is not bad. A drug is a chemical compound. The problem comes in when people who take drugs treat them like a license to behave like an asshole.”