A drug can be said to be any substance use in medicine. It can also be said to be any substance taken by some people to get certain effect, such as happiness and excitement. Driving from these definitions above, drugs can be classified into two categories; 1] the soft Drug e.g. antibiotics and analgesics. 2] The hard drugs e.g. cocaine, marijuana heroin e.t.c. Consequently, a drug addict is said to be someone whose life has become dependent on drugs, hence drug abuse. Cause of drug abuse among youth; There are two primary causes of drug abuse among the youths. These are 1] peer pressure and 2] Depression. Peer pressure; – youth associates with different types of people otherwise known as friends. Through the pressure from these friends a child they tend to have a taste of these drugs and once this is done, they continue to take it and become addicted to it at the long run. Depression;-Another primary cause of drug abuse is depression. When certain things happen to someone that is considered very sad and disheartening, the person started thinking of the best way to become happy once more hence the use of hard drugs will come in. This later on turns to a habit, hence drug abuse.
Another major cause of drug abuse is said to be the rate of unemployment among the youth.Furthermore, drugs can be said to be abuse when youth don’t keep to the prescribe dosage and a continuous use of a particular drug for a long time without doctors approval. This kind of abuse is associated with soft drugs. Effect of drug abuse; – The effect of drug abuse on youth is going to be viewed from three aspects. these are; 1] Social aspect 2] Financial aspect 3] Health aspect. Social aspect; – the hard drug make the taker hyperactive at the point of taking this drug. This make the taker to behave abnormally, contribute to immoralities such as armed robbery, sexually transmitted diseases e.g. HIV AIDS and many other societal vices. Financial effects; – The person that so much addicted to drugs tend to spend more money on the purchase of these drugs. This can make the taker to become bankrupt or start searching for money by all means. This will eventually increase the problem of the taker. Health effect; – It makes the taker becomes unstable .the taker tends to go mad and started behaving abnormally. It infiltrates a lot of diseases into the system of the taker and can eventually lead to death.