The article under review is titled, ‘The Destructive Capacity of Drug Abuse: An Overview Exploring the Harmful Potential of Drug Abuse both to the Individual and to Society’, by Fox, Oliver and Ellis. In their article, the authors enumerate the negative effects of drug abuse to an individual and the society as a whole. According to Fox, Oliver and Ellis (n.p.), drug abuse has been a major public health concern for a long time. Firstly, drug abuse cause direct physical ruin to the user by means of acute toxicity and later long term health issues (Fox et. al, n.p.). Drug abuse also has adverse effects on the families of the addicts and the society in which they exist. Female drug abusers in the child-bearing age are at a risk of having miscarriages (Fox et. al, np). Children whose parents are drug users are either neglected or abused and their performance in school is jeopardized. Families are faced with disunity and they suffer economically while trying to help the addicts. To the society, drug abuse leads to low economic output and funds which instead could have been used for growth and development are used for treating drug abusers (Fox et. al, n.p.).
The above information concerning effects of drug abuse is true as the practice affects the user, their families and the society. Other studies by various authors support the information given by Fox et. al. According to Lander, Howsare and Byrne (n.p. ), the results of drug use disorder/ substance use disorder are experienced by the entire family. If a parent develops substance use disorder, the child is affected and as seen earlier, they are subjected to abuse and neglect (Lander et.al, n.p.). When an individual becomes an addict, their families get affected. An addict will start to change their behavior which in turn affects their families (Lander et.al, n.p.).
Fox, Thomas, P., Oliver, Govind and Ellis, Sophie M. The Destructive Capacity of Drug Abuse: An Overview Exploring the Harmful Potential of Drug Abuse both to the Individual and to Society. Hindawi, 06 June 2013, April 2017.
Lander, Laura, Howsare, Janie and Byrne Marilyn. “The Impact of Substance Use Disorders on Families and Children: From theory to practice.” Journal of NCBI, vol. 28, 2013, pp. 194-205.