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AN EVALUTION OF THE IMPACTS OF DRUG USE AND ABUSE AMONG YOUTH IN BORNO STATE, NIGERIA
ABSTRACT : Many people do not understand why or how people become addicted to drugs. It is often mistakenly assumed that drug abusers lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using drugs simply by choosing to change their behavior. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Youth particularly male youth, are prone to criminal behaviour due to the facts of their youthfulness and exposures to peer group which may in turn be involved in drugs taking in some cases. Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Although the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs. This paper therefore intends to explore the negative consequences of drug use and abuse among the youth and proper possible solution to the menace among the Nigerian youths.
KEY WORDS: Drugs, Abuse, Youth Child