Drugs are chemical substances which on ingestion, bring about changes in the mood, mind, and behavior of the user. Some of the most commonly abused drugs are Alcohol, Marijuana, (Bhang, Charas, Hashish) Opium (Chandu) and its derivatives such as Heroin, (Brown Sugar/ Smack), Morphine, Pethedine, Fortwin, etc.,., LSD, Mescaline, Cocaine, Amphetamines (Speed), Barbiturates, Tranquilizers. Abuse could even be from prescribed medication taken in excess of required dosage.
Chemical abuse can cause ill-health and affect the well being of the body, mind, emotions, spirit (values), relationships family and society. Drug abuse or addiction is the intense craving for and loss of control over alcohol or drugs. However, it is an illness which is treatable at any stage in the life cycle of the chemically dependent person.