Methaqualone: Personal and social consequences
Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 12:50 pm
As an illegal, controlled substance, abuse of methaqualone can have serious social consequences for the user. Convictions carry heavy fines and possible jail time. Depending on the state, a conviction may also result in the suspension of the user’s drivers license, and his or her constitutional right to vote may be revoked.
Criminal drug charges may have negative consequences for employment, career advancement, and educational opportunities as well. Amendments made to the Higher Education Act in 1998 require that anyone convicted of a drug offense be deemed ineligible for federal student loans from upwards of one year or even indefinitely. An individual convicted of a drug offense may also be denied access to state aid and employment based on his or her criminal history.
As with any highly addictive drug, methaqualone abusers become preoccupied with when and where they will be able to get their next dose. Interpersonal relationships with family and friends frequently deteriorate as drug use dominates the addict’s life. Personal finances may also suffer as the drug user funnels more money towards his or her habit or becomes unemployed due to poor job performance resulting from drug impairment.
Substance abuse in general is a far-reaching societal problem, impacting personal relationships and health as well as crime, domestic violence, sexual assault, dropout rates, unemployment, and homelessness. It is also a factor in public health problems such as unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS transmission, and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Drug abuse takes a tremendous national financial toll as well. The Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that illegal drugs will account for an economic loss of over $160 billion from the U.S. economy for the year 2000. This figure represents an increase of 5.8% annually between 1998 and 2000, and includes $14.8 billion in healthcare costs and $110.4 billion in lost productivity from drug-related illness, incarceration, and death.