Environmental/Social Risk Factors For Drug Abuse Problems Among Youth
By Safia Rafiq
Risk factor is defined as a factor which increases the chances of having ailment/diseases. For example; Chewing tobacco may lead to mouth cancer. Active smoker may be responsible for developing health diseases among passive smokers.
There are different risk factors for drug abuse problems among youth such as biological, psychological and social. Social risk factors include unemployment, disturbed family environment, unavailability of educational opportunities, availability of drugs in locality, law and order situation.
Environmental/social risk factors are increasing the chances of using drugs among youth. A youngster who is disturbed because of his family environment will spend time out side of his home, sitting with friends who can offer him drugs. Handling peer pressure will be difficult for him, as a result, he will be ready to use drug.
A youngster deprived of educational opportunities and economic resources may be at great risk of using drugs. His disappointment from social problems will produce images of drugs in his mind as the suitable source of getting rid of his problems. Easy availability of drugs/substance in his locality will further serve to increase his craving for drugs.
Therefore, preventive steps should be taken by government in order to eliminate social and environmental problems that increase the chances of abusing drugs among our youth. To save our country, it is essential to save our youth.