The Menace of Drugs

The Menace of Drugs
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Why do some young people take to drugs? This is a question that has no single answer. There a whole host of issues that makes some young people addicted to drugs. The salient of these include frustrations, anxieties, peer pressure ,the thrill and the kick gained after taking drugs and assorted vulnerabilities. Generally speaking, young people are most vulnerable as they make a transition to adulthood. This is a delicate age when youngsters are unsure about themselves and at a subliminal , emotional and psychological level need constant validation. Moreover, there are an n number of assorted frustrations and anxieties that define this particular transition to adulthood. At times, young people are so burdened with these that they seek a release and want to free themselves from the vise like grip of anxieties and frustrations. Falling into the wrong company and/ or peer group, drugs offer a release and escape from various issues and anxieties. It is here that the vicious spiral begins as some youngsters become entrapped into a cycle and a feedback loop through which lies the route to addiction. The question is: how can this vicious trap be avoided? And, what can be done with those who fall into it? The answer is as manifold as the problem or the issue itself. But, it is with parents and society, at large, that the solution lies. Parents must and should see their children as friends and the communication between them should be seamless. Youngsters must not view parents as adversaries and must confide their issues and problems with them. Moreover, parents should monitor their children in ways that alert them to any cues of issues, problems or “abnormal” behaviors. As far as society is concerned, it must treat and view youngsters with empathy. And, some youth who fall into the trap of drug addiction must become the responsibility of society. There must be deaddiction , rehabilitation and counseling facilities available to young people so that victims are weaned off this menace. The youth, in the final analysis are the foundation and future of society. Drugs and addiction thereof not only consumes them but are a menace that eat into the vitals and entrails of society. It is therefore high time that society wakes up to the nefarious problem of drug addiction and helps those in desperate need. The time for this is now!