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The consequences of drug abuse!

LEGAL:
Very clear, explicit laws on drug abuse exist in every nation. Some nations have very hard laws and sentences. You can spend a lifetime in jail, or many years including huge fines that can potentially damage your finances for life. Other things that will follow include:

bulletCriminal Record:
You will have a criminal record on your file, and will not look good if you have a case with authorities.

bulletCareer and employment:
Many employers will turn you down because you have a criminal record. Employers do not want criminals around.

bulletLicenses:
Having a criminal record can prevent a person from getting many sorts of licenses; for example, licenses for driving a taxi or running a liquor store.

bulletTravel:
Many countries require that people traveling there get a visa.
These countries can refuse to give a person a visa if they have a criminal record.

bulletSocial Status:
Many individuals and groups of people discriminate against people with criminal records. A criminal record can affect your standing in the community, the attitudes of your co-workers, neighbors and your relationships with your family and friends.

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HEALTH

bulletPhysical Health
Drug abuse can adversely affect every major system in the human body. See more on this page

bulletMental Health
Mental health problems such as depression, developmental lags, apathy, withdrawal, and other psychosocial dysfunctions frequently are linked to substance abuse among adolescents. Others include conduct problems, personality disorders, suicidal thoughts, attempted suicide, and suicide. Marijuana use, which is prevalent among youth, has been shown to interfere with short-term memory, learning and psychomotor skills.

bulletAddiction
People think they will never get addicted, but many end up addicted. Someone who is addicted looses control and judgment and when use of the drug is stopped, may suffer severe psychological or physical symptoms, such as anxiety, irritability, unhappiness and stress.

SOCIAL
Drugs directly affect the brain, and our brains control almost everything we do. Your actions will therefore affect:

bulletRelationships:
Your behavior to loved ones will change, you will begin to do and say things that you usually will never do or say. This will damage your relationship with others.

bulletFamilies:
Substance abuse affects the emotional, financial, and psychological well-being of the entire family. Teens who use drugs withdraw from their family members and family activities, as well as set bad examples for any younger siblings. Because their judgment and decision-making ability becomes greatly impaired, they may become more hostile toward family members and even steal from them to get money for drugs.

bulletPeers:
Your peers will stay away from you. No one will like to have bad influence, and they will feel scared around you. You will loose good friends, and only bad friends will stay with you.

bulletSchool:
Chances are, you will drop out of school. Why? Your brain is affected, and you are no more in control of your school work. You may rebel and get a suspension, You are more likely to commit a crime, and the results… you know it.
Read the story of an addicted teen who know she needs help.

FINANCES
No doubt you shall soon begin to sell your personal belongings, phones, music iPods, personal jewelry that your parents gave you, etc, as you will need more money to buy more drugs. Remember that there is a big drug dealer who is making money out of your situation. They use your money to do more organized crime and we all get to suffer the consequences.

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