Illegal drug use can profoundly impact the life of a young person or professional. The use of drugs can pose serious health problems, damage careers, and gravely impact families.
Young people, according to the World Health Organization, can be particularly vulnerable to substance abuse. The brains of young people continue growing and developing until they are in their mid-20s, especially the part of the brain responsible for decision-making. The earlier young people begin using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted later in life. Drug use as a youth can also lead to serious health problems as an adult, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and lung problems. Considering these affects as well as the criminal consequences for some drug use, using drugs can gravely impact a young person's life dramatically.
Drug use in the workplace is serious, and most employers entirely refuse to tolerate it. It can cause lost productivity, lower workplace morale, and even serious injury, depending on the nature of the job. Drug use can also impact workplace productivity because it has been linked to tardiness, poor decision making, loss of efficiency, and the increased likelihood of having trouble getting along with coworkers or supervisors. Drug use in the workplace can be very costly or even devastating to an employer.