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The Problem of the Impact of Drug

Today, the problem of the impact of drug on the behaviour of individuals is the subject to interest of many researchers. In actuality, it is possible to find a lot of studies dedicated to the problem of drug addiction and the impact of drug on the life and behaviour of people. However, often researchers focus their attention on the problem of the impact of drug on the younger generation, whereas the problem of the impact of drugs on the elderly population is traditionally left aside. Nevertheless, some researchers (Roe et al., 2010) still focus on the problem of the impact of drug on the life of the elderly population. At this point, it is possible to refer to the study conducted by B. Roe and other researchers, entitled Experience of Drug Use and Ageing: Health, Quality of Life, Relationship and Service Implications, which reveals the essence of the problem of the impact of drug on the life of elderly people and changes that occur in their life after their experience of using drugs and drug addiction. In fact, this problem is very important, taking into consideration the aging of the population and the aggravation of the aging by the drug consumption that often pushes elderly people beyond the margin of the normal social life.

B. Roe and other researchers, in their article Experience of Drug Use and Ageing: Health, Quality of Life, Relationship and Service Implications, published in Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2010 focus their attention on the study of the impact of drugs on the life of the elderly population. To put it more precisely, the researchers focus on multiple effects of drugs on the elderly population, paying a particular attention to such issues as the quality of life, health, relationships and services, which have to be provided for elderly people. In fact, the primary goal of the study was to reveal the relationship between drug use and changes in the quality of life, health and other related issues of the life of elderly people. In such a context, the study involved subjects at the age of 49 to 61, which had the experience of drug consumption. The researchers attempted to explore effects of the drug consumption on the life of the subjects. The researchers used qualitative methods of analysis, including semi-structured tape-recorded interviews and thematic content analysis. The researchers collected the data and analyzed them to obtain results concerning the impact of drugs on the life of elderly population. The researchers paid a particular attention to changes provoked by or associated with drugs. In this regard, the use of qualitative methods of analysis has proved to be particularly effective because qualitative methods of analysis allowed the researchers to assess adequately changes in the quality of life of elderly people as well as the overall impact of drugs on their life.

Eventually, the researchers concluded that the drug consumption has a negative impact on the life of elderly people. To put it more precisely, the researchers revealed numerous negative effects of the drug consumption on different aspects of the life of elderly people, including the negative impact on their physical health, psychological condition and mental health in a way, the quality of life and relationships with other people. Therefore, the researchers conclude that elderly people experiencing the drug consumption need to receive health care and social services to help them to recover and cope with their problems that resulted from the drug consumption. They believe that social workers and health care professionals can help elderly people to return to the normal life in the society and to develop positive relationships with other people.

In actuality, the role of the study conducted by B. Roe and other researchers can hardly be underestimated because today the problem of the drug consumption and the negative effects of drugs on the life of elderly people become more and more widely-spread. At this point, it is worth mentioning the fact that the researchers place emphasis on the fact that the negative effects of drugs on the life of elderly people persist even if they used to take drugs in the past. This experience and drug addiction has long-lasting negative effects on the personal and family life of people and on the formation of their interpersonal relationships with others. As a result, often elderly people are left alone in their elder life. This means that as they grow old, they are left alone, they do not have families, or, even if they have families, their family members refuse to support them or to maintain any relationships with them because of their drug addiction in the past or in the present. The latter is not a rare case because often elderly people search for escape from their problems in the real life through the drug consumption. At the same time, they can develop the drug addiction under the impact of treatment of their health problems, which may involve medication, including drugs. In such a way, elderly people often have to face their problems being absolutely alone. In such a situation, they cannot cope with their problems as easy as younger people do. They have not much life to live ahead and, therefore, being in a desperate position, they can slip to the drug addiction that leads to the consistent deterioration of their health and quality of their life. As a result, elderly people cannot recover and return to the normal social life without the external assistance. In such a context, the conclusion made by researchers is absolutely correct because the assistance of health care professionals and social workers can help elderly people to cope with their problems and return to the normal social life.

As the matter of fact, the study conducted by B. Roe and other researchers is reliable and involves comprehensible presentation of findings and studies conducted by the researchers. To put it more precisely, the study contains the detailed description of all stages of the research and the study contains visualization, which facilitates the perception of the study at large and its findings in particular. Tables help the audience to understand the key points of the study and its findings. Readers can compare different trends with the help of tables provided within the study. At the same time, the language of the study is simple and comprehensible to average readers as well as specialists working in different fields. In fact, the study conducted by B. Roe and other researchers will be very useful for health care professionals, social workers, elderly people and their children and other relatives because it helps to understand problems of elderly people, who consume drugs or who used to consume drugs in the past. The study conveys a very important message that elderly people can re-evaluate their life but they do need the assistance of other people, especially their family members. Their assistance can help elderly people to return to the normal social life and relationships with other people. On the other hand, often family members are not capable to help elderly people. In such a situation, it is possible to follow recommendations provided by the researchers. To put it more precisely, the assistance of health care professionals and social workers becomes essential in such a context because they are professionals, who can help elderly people to change their life and their work will be particularly effective, if family members support and help elderly people to return to the normal life.

In such a way, the overall conclusion of the study is basically correct but it is important to extend it and to stress that it is not only health care professionals and social workers, who can and should help elderly people, who have drug problems. In fact, the assistance of the family and family members may be as important for elderly people as the assistance of health care professionals and social workers. Obviously, the provision of health care and social services may be vitally important for elderly people, who have or used to have drug addiction, but they also need the assistance of people, who are really meaningful for them, including close relatives, family members, and other meaningful people. In fact, these people can help them to recover and to cope with their problems. Hence, it is through the close cooperation between social workers, health care professionals and family members of elderly people they can return to the normal social life and cope with their health problems and drug addiction.

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