Top 10 False Beliefs About Medication And Drugs

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Over the years, numerous myths and false notions concerning drugs – both prescribed and non-prescribed – have become more and more imbedded in people’s minds. Whether as a result of the advertisement campaigns in the social media or their integration within popular culture, most of us take drug issues too lightly and we are not always familiar with the risks and the negative side effects involved. However, knowing exactly what dangers you are exposed to is the best way to prevent accidents with harmful and sometimes even deadly consequences. Here is a quick debunking of the top 10 myths surrounding medication and drugs.


1. Becoming addicted to a certain drug is deliberate

It is true that in the initial stages of the drug use, the person will utilize it voluntarily because he enjoys the effects. However, constant usage of a certain substance will, over the course of time, modify the chemical composition of the brain significantly. Therefore, the compulsive necessity of taking that drug in order to maintain the balance of the brain and organism chemistry appears. In other words, you cannot help becoming addicted to a drug and it is bound to happen sooner or later.


2. Legal drugs are 100% safe, illegal drugs are the risky ones

Just because your physician has prescribed you a drug treatment that does not make it 100% percent safe when you exceed the recommended dosage or fail to respect the specifications of the substance. To put it simply, it doesn’t matter if it’s a mild sleeping pill or cocaine, virtually all drugs can be abused and the consequences can become highly unpleasant, even health threatening.


3. Smoking marijuana has no negative effects

Marijuana supporters have always emphasized on the curative properties and hazard-free nature of this substance. The opinions of the medical community concerning marijuana are mixed, but new test results stating that there is a strong chance smoking pot could determine the development of carcinoma have been recently made public. This hypothesis is supported by the presence of several carcinogens and co-carcinogens similar to tobacco in the smoke. Combine that with immune system dysfunctions, poor limb coordination and memory-loss issues and the theory of the harmless drug becomes unsustainable.


4. You can safely mix different drugs and substances

Unless you have a degree in chemistry and you are familiar with all the components of the drugs as well as their concentration, it is highly recommended to abstain from this practice. Not only would you risk exceeding the maximum dosage of a certain substance by combining drugs with similar compositions, but there are also negative interactions between them to consider. On a side note, the same applies for combining drugs – both prescription and illegal ones – with alcohol.


5. Once you are addicted, recovery is impossible

The difficulty of the addict’s road to recovery cannot be denied or understated, that’s a given. However, in most unsuccessful attempts, the problem comes from the DIY approach or the wrong recovery program, as well as the low willpower. On the bright side, there are numerous specialized clinics that have experienced notable successes with numerous patients, so don’t give up hope.


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