Methadone: Personal and social consequences

Last modified: Monday, 1. June 2009 - 6:08 am

The Personal and social consequences of drug abuse are wide-reaching. Consequences of drug abuse affect all people and all ages. The impact of drug abuse is a complete societal problem that leaves no person in this country, either directly or indirectly, untouched.
Opiate abuse, mainly heroin abuse, is the main reason people turn to methadone treatment programs. The consequences of opiate abuse can be staggering. People who are addicted to opiates generally have a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems. As compared to other persons their own age and sex, opiate addicts have a significantly higher incidence of anxiety, depression, schizophrenic-like symptoms, and other serious psychiatric disorders. Opiate abusers frequently suffer from multiple medical problems. Due to their high rate of injecting heroin to get high, opiate addicts have a very high rate of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.
People who are addicted to opiates also have a number of societal problems. Maintaining meaningful employment is almost impossible for a person addicted to opiates. Likewise, maintaining stable relationships or marriage, making and keeping friends, and functioning as a caring and dependable parent are almost impossible tasks for someone whose life revolves around the next high. Most opiate addicts have to steal in order to maintain their habit, so they are at very high risk of being jailed for drug-related crimes.

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