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The title alone is very interesting. I know. I also know there are more than half of America, ( I don't know the actual amount of people), is guilty of at least one drug addiction if not more.

Before I begin this article I want everyone who read this to know that I am not a professional in any way, besides being a mother and wife. I did however write something like this as an assignment I had in my associate degree class about 12 years ago. Titled, " Drugs In The Workplace".

I know when people think of drug abuse they typically think about the street or illegal drugs, such as, marijuana, cocaine, heroin. These types of drugs do cause extreme addiction but in reality how many people work in businesses and at your local Sears have this type of addiction? There is maybe a few but it is very unlikely.

The drugs I am writing about in this article are everyday common chemical that each of us at one time or another has tried and/or do regularly. They are caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and prescription drugs, (which is a big one).

Let me first talk about the most common of them all, caffeine. This type of drug is a stimulant. That means is speeds up your heart rate and for most of us keeps us from being tired. This drug is so widely used and so commonly accepted that no one even questions the addictive properties that this drug causes. It can cost companies money if just half of their employees were late because the only coffee house in town opened late and there was nowhere else to get their cup of joe.

This could cause problems if you look at it this way. Of course, there is more than one way to get a fix, (cup of coffee), many of employers offer it in the place of employment. COuld you imagine the employer offering a street drug that way. Yet, thousands of us are more or less dependent upon the effects of that coffee, or maybe that soda, ( if you don't drink coffee).

Next there is the accepted and loved by some and hated by others, nicotine. This is the mos debated type of drug because everyone, even the people who smoke or chew tobacco know it is harmful but yet they become addicted. Many people these days have either quit or are trying to quit. Still the cost of money and time devoted to cigarette breaks is too much to even bother counting. this type of drug is not much of a topic considering everyone knows it is addictive and everyone also know they really shouldn't do it.

Then there is the ever loved and accepted, or at least liked until something tragic happens because of it, alcohol. This one amazes me so much because we all know what it does and people either will or will not do this particular drug. There are so many of us that do drink, even if not everyone knows.

Many people drink every night and most have a drink one a week. The odd thing about this drug is there are establishments that allow you to go out and drink almost as much as you can afford or would like, ( as long as you are not causing harm to yourself or others, at least not right then), and most of these places you have to drive to or be driven to and then you can leave. Yet it is illegal to drink and drive, as it should. This drug was once made illegal then they allowed it again because it was not right to make something like alcohol illegal. This make absolutely no sense. Other illegal drugs today do the same thing.

They change you mental ability and can cause someone to become violent but yet they still allow alcohol. Now, I do occasionally drink myself and I still don't understand the logic behind it. I have known some that are alcoholics and it does damage you health if done for long periods of time. I have also known people who will drive after drinking and they can drive fairly well, at that time. I also have known some, that drink before going to work, ( not bartenders). This is probably the most problematic common drug out there.

Then there is marijuana. This is by far the most controversal drug and still considered illegal to almost everyone. Yet, doctor will recommend it for the terminally ill in small amount some places police will even ignore it. We all know it is something we should not do because we learned this growing up. Many people have not tried it because we don't want to get caught or because some people see it as a dangerous drug. When, in fact, this drug is probably the calmest of them all. I would say, (not professionally of course) it is in the same category as caffeine.

The effects can vary from person to person. Just as if someone who has never had caffeine were to drink a pot of coffee. The same goes for the person who has never smoked marijuana. Then there is the person that drinks a pot of coffee everyday and has for ten or more years. The same goes for the person who smoked marijuana everyday for ten years. The effects are still less than the effects of alcohol, less addictive than nicotine and alcohol, and as far as I know do not damage your body or have side effect as do nicotine and alcohol.

The last topic is worse than the other three by a mile. Prescription drugs. Yes, I know most of them may be needed by some people. Without the particular prescribtion medications some people would not be able to control the symptoms they have. I know this first hand because I was on several medications when I was younger for my extreme case of asthma. The other prescribtion medications though are getting out of hand.

The medicine has more side effects than it has healing properties and anyone can just go in to their doctor and ask for some of the medicines they advertise on t.v.. I have seen so many commercials for various medications and the side effect out number the symptoms they are claiming to cure by 3 to 1. Now, especially, because it is difficult for many of us to get medical insurance and keep the same doctor there is more and more doctors seeing a patient once or twice that is it. Maybe even only seeing the patient the one time so they can ask about a certain prescription they seen and think they have the problem.

So, the doctor not really knowing the patient except for what they put on their medical / registration papers, gives them that particular medicine and they end up have an addiction to or severe side effects from the medicine.

This is probably the most dangerous, of all the drugs I have mentioned in this article. I believe that any hospital/doctor/clinic should do many test to make sure a particular patient really has an ailment or can take the medicine they are requesting before being able to prescribe it.

I will close this article with only this: Anything in excess is bad for you. Always do your homework and research before thinking something is right or wrong. Never let anyone persuade you to do or not do anything. Thank you for reading. I hoped you enjoyed it.


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