Should De-addiction and Weight Loss be Assisted by Drugs?
Health officials in United States and Scotland are concerned about the increase in levels of smoking and obesity. Smoking and obesity are the major causes of the health disorders in both the countries.
Statistics evince that the use of drugs to treat obesity and smoking are on the rise in Scotland. It is estimated that more than 10,500 people in Scotland are on daily drug treatment for obesity. It is also revealed that 394,420 drug therapies were made available to smokers who were wishing to quit.
These figures stand testament to the fact that the two disorders are being taken very seriously by health officials in the country. It shows that the Government is taking measures to ensure that access to treatment becomes facile. The rise in these numbers can be credited to the provision of nicotine replacement therapy at local pharmacies.
This may be seen as a positive step towards the regulation of tobacco usage in Scotland. Moreover, like all cases of addiction, a strong support system is necessary to boost the morale of the addict. The easy availability of these drugs has provided smokers this support in the form of drugs.
In the case of obesity too, the drug Xenical (Orlistat) has been prescribed to 78,000 patients. People who fail to lose weight through diet control and exercise can resort to taking this drug.
However, the widespread use of these drugs has a flip side too. The excessive use of nicotine replacement therapy can lead to dependency on the drug. One dependency will lead to another, which is a very common phenomenon is the case of addicts.
In the case of obesity drugs, there is no guarantee that the patient will not gain the weight that is lost after the use of the drug is lost. De-addiction and weight loss are both complex procedures which cannot be contingent on drugs alone. Will power, family support and exercise are the key factors that can help one remain disease free.