According to drugfreeworld.org, an estimated 208 million people worldwide utilize illegal drugs. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that 19.9 Americans used illegal drugs in the month prior to the survey. We all know someone who has been affected by drugs, either directly or indirectly.
While the most commonly used drug in US and Alaska is alcohol, injection drugs like heroin and the non medical use of prescription opioids are becoming more prevalent at an alarming rate. Just last month, Governor Walker addressed this situation with a plan to “build a safer Alaska.” Our communities are recognizing that drug abuse is a large problem and we are stepping up to do something about it. Prevention begins with knowledge.
Why Do People Take Drugs?
“People take drugs because they want to change something about their lives.” There is no one reason why people being using drugs, but some common reasons shared are to
How Do Drugs Work?
Drugs work differently and the amount taken determines the effect. They can affect the body as a stimulant or a sedative. They directly affect the mind.
How Do Drugs Affect the Mind?
Drugs may distort the user’s perception of what is happening around him or her. Some may block all sensations, including pain. They can affect alertness and memory.
“During the whole time I was on drugs I thought I had control over my life and that I had it great. But I destroyed everything I had built up and fought for in my life. I cut ties to all my drug-free friends and my family, so I hadn’t any friends but my drug mates. Every day revolved around one thing: my plan for getting the money I needed for drugs. I would do everything possible to get my amphetamine—it was the only thing in my life.” —Pat
To learn more about drugs, join us for one or all of a 4-part class called COPE: Community Overdose Prevention Education. Classes begin March 23.