The Root Cause Of Drug Addiction In Society

The level of illicit drug addiction in society is soaring at alarming levels. Highly addictive drugs such as Fentanyl and OxyContin are two of the deadlier drugs that are now responsible of hundreds of deaths across North America. Authorities are scrambling feverishly to find solutions to the problem but I don’t believe they will because none of the solutions I’ve heard so far addresses the root cause of addiction in society.

Addiction occurs when Brain Cells that are responsible for triggering the release of hormones (Dopamine, in particular) to facilitate happiness become damaged. The Cells usually become damaged due to over stimulation from triggers (outside substances that enter the Brain) then they get stuck in a repetitive cycle of calling for constant triggering to release Dopamine. 

Triggers can be natural or artificial and take people beyond happiness into a state of euphoria. Some natural and potent triggers are found in the Marijuana plant and the Coca plant used to produce Cocaine. Medical Science discovered that while some natural substances made people happy, they also alleviated pain.

In the late 18th century Doctors began to use many of these substances to treat pain but when doctor’s egos and big business got involved in the pharmaceutical industry everything changed. In order to gain fame and increase profits stronger, faster, and more effective substances had to be found to outperform competition and maximize profits. Scientists began to peer into to the molecular composition of Nerve Cells, singled out the molecules that carry pain signals back to Brain and designed chemicals to shut them off.

Among the various side effects, which occur depending on the drug, is also the effect on Dopamine releasing Brain Cells. That means that Addiction is a side effect and not the function of most drugs. That is the excuse that Drug Companies use to justify their drugs and push the responsibility of Addiction back onto individuals and society.

The root cause of drug addiction in society is that people do not understand how fickle their brain is. They experiment with dangerous drugs believing that they will have the will power to overcome the after-effects but if people cannot turn on euphoria without taking drugs, what makes them think they can direct their brain cells to heal themselves after they fry them with drugs.

Maybe it’s society’s fault because if the trend towards profit over common sense continues, the fight against drug overdose deaths will only continue. Mean while the only reaction from drug companies is to continue to profit off selling one drug to counter the effects of another.

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