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Is Drug Addiction A Disability?

Drug addiction can lead to disability.

For drugs can affect the brain, a person’s nutrition; sleep; decision-making and impulsivity; and risk for trauma, violence, injury, and communicable diseases. This could eventually have negative outcomes in education, employment, housing, relationships, and criminal justice involvement.

Examples of drugs that can lead to disability are steroids, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, inhalants, 3,4methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), phencyclidine (PCP), metamphetamine, opioids, γ-hy·drox·y·bu·tyr·ate (GHB), lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline (peyote), synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, dex·tro·me·thor·phan (DXM), tobacco, khat, stimulants, psilocybin, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), kratom, nicotine, Rohypnol, ayahuasca, prescription sedatives, salvia, prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Abuse of them can cause the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis, and cancer. The cardiovascular system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, musculoskeletal system can also be affected, the kidney and liver damaged, and neurological problems, hormonal problems, mental health problems, and prenatal effects to happen.

In a debate hosted by the National University of Ireland in Galway and organized by the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, however, executive director Richard Elliott of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network equates drug use as a disability since it is exactly what drug dependence does: disable people by criminalizing them and prohibiting their participation to society. Even lecturer Simon Flacks of the University of Reading believes so upon finding out that drugs are ‘agents causing malfunction’ that will eventually lead to a disorder.

“…most people encounter varying mental health problems throughout their life and it is in everyone’s interest not to be discriminated against when that happens.” ~Simon Flacks

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Lil pump

Disability in order

Countries with institutions on social security are one and the same in considering the following disabilities to be given benefits (in alphabetical order) –

ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Alcohol or Drug Addiction


Alopecia areata


Anxiety Disorder



Autism and Asperger’s

Bipolar Disorder

Burn Injury

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Celiac disease

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease

Chronic Migraines

Chronic Pain

Cleft lip and palate

COPD and Emphysema

Coronary Artery Disease

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease

Cystic fibrosis

Degenerative Disc Disease



Disorders of the Spine



Eating disorders




Fetal alcohol syndrome


GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)


Growth hormone deficiency

Hearing Loss

Heart Failure


High Blood Pressure


Huntington’s disease

Inflammatory bowel disease

Interstitial Cystitis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Kidney Failure

Lactose intolerance

Liver Disease

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythmaosus

Lyme Disease


Multiple sclerosis (MS)

Muscular dystrophy


Neuropathy, Peripheral Neuropathy


Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Organic Mental Disorders (incuding Organic Brain Syndrome)

Panic Attacks

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)


PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Rheumatoid Arthritis

RSD, or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Ruptured Disc




Seizure Disorder

Sickle cell anemia

Sleep Apnea

Spina bifida

Spinal cord injury

Stroke (CVA, Cerebrovascular Accident)

Thyroid disease

Tourette syndrome

Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI

Turner syndrome

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis


Vision Loss

Williams syndrome

There are disabilities, though, that are “invisible.” Examples of these are renal failure, agoraphobia, arachnoiditis, Coeliac Disease, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Fructose Malabsorption, Hyperhidrosis, Hypoglycemia, Interstitial Cystitis, Myasthenia Gravis, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Schnitzler’s Syndrome, Scleroderma, Sjagren’s syndrome, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, and Transverse Myelitis.

It is, thus, necessary, beneficial, and practicable to integrate special education (SPED) in the basic and secondary curriculum of every country.

One doesn’t have to finish grade school and high school first before being given the option to study SPED.

A certain illness could be discovered and considered a disability at any given moment, too.

SPED would be the saying “prevention is better than cure” practiced.

Currently, 19% of the less educated people have disabilities1. Eighty percent of the PWDs, too, live in developing countries2.

Disability rates are significantly higher, too, among the member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with lower educational attainment.

“We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.” ~ Jim Jeffords

1 Based on the information collated by the United Nations

2 Based on the information collated by the UN Development Programme


Video from the YouTube Cannel of Julia Davila