Psychoactive Drugs: "a drug or other substance that affects how the brain works and causes changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings, or behavior." (Dictionary of Cancer Terms, n.d). These drugs can range from coffee, alcohol, nicotine, heroin, meth, cocaine, etc. In our world today, these drugs are some of the biggest issues our world faces; as they are extremely addicting, and are killing people on a daily basis. It is an estimated about of about twenty-one million Americans have at-least one addiction, and only ten percent of them receive treatment (Yerby, 2019). Alcohol is the most used psychoactive drug, and has led the worldwide cause of 5.3 percent of deaths, with an average of three hundred million people have an alcohol use disorder, and about thirty Americans die every day in an alcohol related car accident (Yerby, 2019). As these are just some of the very few examples of psychoactive drugs, I feel that it is extremely important to spread awareness on this drug, as it continues daily to take over our world.
Below is a link to an overview of psychoactive drugs for more information.
NCI Dictionary of Cancer terms. National Cancer Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved July 26, 2022, from https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/psychoactive-substance
Yerby, N. (2019, June 24). Addiction statistics. Addiction Center. Retrieved July 26, 2022, from https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/addiction-statistics/