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Status, Issues and Effects of Drug Abuse in Kathmandu Valley

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~Suvekshya Pudasaini,

Kathmandu University, Center of Development Studies

 

 


1 Introduction

1. 1 Background

“Any substance that affect our nervous system through intoxication produced by its repeated or chronic use which change our mood, perception and sensation”
By: WHO (World Health Organization)


“Drug is a chemical product and natural growth which has addictive substances. If used in small amount, it brings change in physical and mental health. If used continuously, it creates dependency.”
By: Richmond Fellowship Nepal


Drugs are any chemical that affects the way our body works by changing the messages which our brain cells are sending to each other and to rest of the body by interfering with the brain‟s own chemical signals: neurotransmitters that transfer signal across synapses.
( Astonishing science, available at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk)

A small amount works as a stimulant (speed you up) A greater amount acts as a sedative (slows you down) An even larger amount poisons and kill. (Foundation for a drug free world, Truth about drugs, Booklet) Drug can distort the perception of what is happening around him or her. As a result, the person‟s actions may be odd, irrational, inappropriate and even destructive. (Khaiju, jayram, Drug addiction, ashara darpan) Medicines are drugs that are intended to speed up or slow down or change something about the way your body is working, to try to make it better. Some times they are necessary, but they are still drugs: they act as stimulants or sedatives, and too much can kill you. So if you don‟t use medicines as they are supposed to be used, they can be dangerous as illegal drugs.
(Booklet, truth about drugs, foundation for a drug free world.)

 

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