Drug Abuse in Houston

Do you think that there is a lot of drug abuse in Houston, Texas?

You see, in Houston, Texas, drug abuse has been called a number of names (e.g., substance abuse, drug dependency, etc.), but one thing these names share is the same negative connotation associated with the term “abuse”.

In Houston, Texas (or any other state, for that matter), another thing drug abuse has been related to is the psychoactive or performance enhancing effect or “high” it gives the user, which is obviously non-therapeutic or non-medical in nature.

Hence, the term drug abuse always implies a negative perception of the person’s drug use as compared with the term responsible drug use for medicinal purposes.

The most common types of drugs often subjected to drug abuse in Houston, TX are those that contain amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine, methaqualone and opium alkaloids. Unwarranted use (or should I say abuse) of these drugs may lead to criminal liabilities, depending on local laws in effect for each state in addition to social persecution and possible long-term physical and psychological harm.

Typical definitions of drug abuse in Houston, Texas often fall into four categories and usually relate to public health, medical, political and criminal justice fields. juvenile drug rehabilitation programs

Worldwide, the United Nations estimates drug abusers to be more than 50 million in number. However, these numbers are just for regular users of heroin, cocaine and other synthetic drugs.

Letís take the two most common definitions of drug abuse as related to the Public health and medical field:

Public health practitioners have been attempting to remove the social stigma usually associated with drug abuse in Houston, TX by veering away from the term and instead using phrases like ìsubstance abuseî or ìalcohol dependencyî to encapsulate the role of society, culture and availability to the prevalence of the problem.

As a matter of fact, the Health Officers Council of British Columbia has adopted a public health model of psychoactive substance use that challenges the simplistic and often interchangeable usage of the terms “use” vs. “abuse”.

This model, explained in length in their 2005 policy discussion paper, A Public Health Approach to Drug Control in Canada, explicitly recognizes a broad spectrum of the term use, which ranges from beneficial use to chronic dependenceî as against the term ìabuseî, which automatically connotes negativity.