Yesterday marked the start of the Second National Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Substance abuse is taking a more significant toll on families and societies overall. The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse website lists abused substances that include but are not limited to alcohol, bhang, mirra, tobacco, inhalants, solvents, heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, and HIV and AIDS medications. Some of the substances have been known to cause blindness and death when used improperly, such as prescription medication -- or when used in general, such as illegal drugs.
As substance abuse became more widespread, it was clear that it was a danger to the presence of a literate, healthy, clean society. The state was alarmed at the amount of lives that were being lost, the cost of rehab for addicts, and the amount of diminished productivity. This is why NACADA was formed. The government, faith based groups, civil society, private sector representatives, and development partners will band together to discuss ways that they can work together against the threat of drug abuse within the region. The conference generally lasts for a period of three days and helps to promote awareness about the use of drugs and the negative effects that it can cause.
The amount of younger individuals who have been involved with the use of drugs has caused a lot of controversy. Particularly in areas where there is a larger focus on getting youth involved with becoming literate and getting more interested in education, drug abuse is a large concern because it can completely derail the goals of those who are pursuing their education. It is not unusual for those who are working within faculties and other positions of power within school systems to also have issues with drug abuse, which can have an affect on the quality of the education that is being provided to younger children in the long run.
Some people have not always been lucky enough to have access to rehab programs. Those who are in low income families or in poor neighborhoods may find that they do not have enough of an income to be able to afford the treatments that they need to help deal with their own addictions or help to pay for the treatments for a loved one who is dealing with an addiction. Improper withdrawal alone can make the recovery process even more difficult and can have negative effects.
Other times, some programs that are available in various regions may not be priced reasonably enough for lower income or working class people to be able to afford their cost. As a result, although a treatment location may be present, it may be impossible for the individual to be able to afford what they need to cover the issue of their addiction. Some areas do not even have access to rehab programs within their region, which makes it even more challenging because people who want to deal with their addiction do not have a formal way to address the issue.