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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 266-273

A narrative review of global perspective on illicit drug utilization and substance use disorders

Department of Pharmacy Practice, Sri Venkateswara College of Pharmacy, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Paila Bhanujirao
6-396, 10th Line, NTR Colony, Tekkali, Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_258_22

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Drug addiction and abuse are major public health issues across the globe that impact millions of people. Substance abuse and dependence seem to have been relatively high among university students and laborers and comparatively low among school students. Drugs used by the person for nonintended reasons, mainly for their psychoactive effects termed as drug abuse. Continued use of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription or over-the-counter medications harms health, employment, family, and law. When it comes to illicit substance usage, possession, and trafficking, every nation has its unique set of laws. The frequency of lifetime drug usage in 2015 was 5%, according to the most current World Drug Report. There is reason to be concerned about the high rates of drug and alcohol addiction among youths because of the substantial problems that have been linked to such use, including higher rates of aggression, suicidal attempts, etc., In this narrative review, we have focused on illicit drugs, substance use, its negative impacts among youths and its prevalence among youths nationally and internationally, and also some prevention strategies to control substance use.

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