The Dangers of Drugs for Youthers

The Dangers of Drugs for Youthers

Nowadays, the problem of drugs or NAPZA has become a disturbing issue around us, especially among teenagers. According to BNN (National Narcotics Agency) data, the number of drug users in Indonesia is growing every year, which can jeopardize the future of the younger generation. (Ita and Kusmaryani)

 A drug is a type of substance or drug that is forbidden to use because it has a detrimental effect on health and society.

Drugs can come from plant sources like opium, cocaine, marijuana, or morphine, or from non-plant sources like amphetamine, LSD, or ecstasy. Besides, narcotics can also be manufactured synthetically or semi-synthetically in the lab.

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Drug Abuse and Trafficking

Many of the substances in the drug are actually used for medical purposes such as marijuana or to relieve symptoms of certain diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and glaucoma. However, for a variety of reasons, drug abuse can occur because of a range of complex and diverse factors.

Some people may try drugs because they want to find new experiences or want to follow popular trends. Some use drugs as a symbol of social status or to try to forget the problems they’re facing.

However, unfortunately, drug abuse can have a negative impact on a person’s physical and mental health. This abuse will affect the life of an individual or a person, both in: 

  • Physical of which can damage the organs in the body, such as the liver, kidneys, and brain. 
  • Psychic of which may injure himself, even kill himself. 
  • Social of which could cause someone to engage in criminal or violent behavior, which can harm himself or others around him.

However, being cautious about drug use can lead to reduced productivity, disruption in social relations, increased crime, and the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. (Refeiater)

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Solution to Drug Trafficking

The serious threat of narcotics and its easy spread among adolescents require real and immediate action to counter it. In the face of this problem, some concrete actions that can be taken are as follows:

  • Education and Awareness: Education on the dangers of drugs should start early in schools and families. Effective educational programmes should be introduced to raise awareness of younger generations about the danger of drugs and its consequences. Anti-narcotics campaigns must also be conducted continuously through the mass media and social media.
  • Prevention and early detection: Narcotics prevention programmes must be strengthened by providing information and resources that are easily accessible to the younger generation. Early detection is also important to identify individuals at risk or who have been involved in drug use. Routine drug testing at school and at work can help identify this problem early.
  • Strict law enforcement: Strict enforcing of the law against the circulation and use of narcotic drugs must be strengthened. The eradication of the narcotics network and the arrest of the drug dealers must be a priority. Strict and effective punishment must also be imposed to give the perpetrators a deterrent effect.Rehabilitation and Recovery: Effective rehabilitation programmes must be available to individuals involved in drug use. Qualified, community-based rehabilitation centres should be established to assist drug users in their recovery and reintegration into society.
  • Collaboration and Partnership: Collaborations between governments, public authorities, and the private sector are crucial in dealing with the drug problem.

Therefore, the use, production, and circulation of narcotic drugs are legally prohibited in many countries. Efforts to prevent and combat drug abuse are carried out through a range of policies and programmes, including education on the dangers of drugs, rehabilitation for drug addicts, law enforcement against drug dealers, and international cooperation in combating drug trafficking. (Darwis et al.)

In Islam it is forbidden for drugs described in the Quran in Surah al-Maidah: verses 90. Therefore, in vulnerable teens, it is important for parents and families to provide understanding and support. If the needs of adolescents are ignored, then they can be trapped in less powerful personal development.

Author: Shof Watun Nabilah
Student of Arabic Language Education, University of Muhammadiyah Prof. Dr. Hamka


Darwis, Ahmad, et al. “Narkoba, Bahaya Dan Cara Mengantisipasinya.” Amaliah: Jurnal Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat, vol. 1, no. 1, 2018, pp. 36–45,

Ita and Kusmaryani, Rosang. “Mengenal Bahaya Narkoba Bagi Remaja.” Mengenal Bahaya Narkoba Bagi Remaja, no. September, 2010, pp. 1–8.

Refeiater, Ucok Hasian. “Penyalgunaan Narkoba.” Health & Sport, vol. 02, 2011, p. 86.

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