What's the effect of drug abuse?
Well, from a societal perspective, it is very costly trying to fight it. Fight it? Heck, it's costly just paying for the FDA to define what it means. Is it drug abuse to drink coffee every day? Smoke? Be in a methadone program? What drug abuse means depends on who you're talking to, and where their funding comes from.
From an individual perspective, the effects range from an enjoyable evening listening to music to drowning in one's own snot in an alleyway somewhere.
It all depends on the drug you are addicted to.The least effect is killing a few brain cells the greates is death.
In the user, it merely brings on Darwinism in many cases.
On the person using drugs, or society?
On the person using drugs, well they may lose their jobs, lose their families, watch their families and relationships deteriorate, plunge into poverty, homelessness and a life of crime, and ultimately dispair.
On society in which the person using drugs lives, loss of a functioning, contributing, tax-paying individual who can be self-sustaining to a ward of the state either through crime and punishment or through homelessness and poverty, illness and probably death.
The impact on those closest to the drug abuser, loss of a family member, alienation from someone that they love, and despair at being unable to do much about the situation, even if they intervene.
Overall effect: negative.
However, I still think drugs should be legal. People will abuse them whether they are legal or not. Legalizing it takes the criminal element out and removes the huge underground profits that death merchants and drug smugglers make in the drug trade.
Wasted money and a life that goes nowhere.