Substance abuse and addiction have gotten to be such serious and severe aspects of modern life in the nation today that much concern has been traded back and forth about just what the American nation can do about.
Statistics on America’s Drug Epidemic
• Alcoholism is easily and without a doubt the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation, with almost 80,000 deaths being annually attributed to excessive alcohol use. Furthermore, up to 40% of all hospital beds in the United States, (except for those being used by maternity and intensive care patients), are being used to treat health conditions that are related to alcohol consumption to one degree or another.
• Each year more and more teens enter addiction treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than all other illegal drugs combined. Marijuana is addictive. To make the situation worse, the estimated economic cost of drug abuse exceeds $190 Billion annually.
• Almost a full 40% of high school students admit to drinking within the past month. Marijuana is also now much more frequently abused by teens. In 2011 for example, about 40% of high school students had admitted to ever using marijuana in some way, shape, or form. About 7% of high school seniors admit to using it every single day. In the year of 2013, about 25% of high school students admitted to smoking cigarettes or using other tobacco products in the past month too. In 2013, about 1 in 4 high school seniors admitted to getting drunk in the past month as well. Alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco are the substances most commonly abused by teens too.
• By only the mere age of 18, nearly a full 70% of teens admit to having had at least one drink of one kind or another. About 1 in 5 teens admits to binge drinking to some degree or another, (defined as having five or more drinks in a row within a couple of hours alone), at least once per month minimum. Around a little more than 8% of teens admit to having driven a car while drinking alcohol. Teen alcohol use is associated with a higher risk of death and serious injuries too. Teen alcohol use increases the risk of violence, unsafe sex, and other dangerous behaviors. Alcohol can also affect the brain development of a growing teen and create permanent damage.
• After substances like marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol, prescription medications are the substances most commonly abused by teens by far. About 15% of high school seniors admit to abusing prescription medication during the previous year alone, and all who admitted to using them once admitted to using them more than once too. Tranquilizers and sedatives (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium), ADHD medication (Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta), and opioid pain killers (Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan) are the prescription medications abused most frequently by teens by far. It’s a common misperception that abusing prescription drugs is safer than taking street drugs. That’s not true at all. Abusing prescription medication can be very dangerous and even deadly for teens and for anyone for that matter.
Hotlines Help Addicts Who Need and Want Rehab
Addiction help hotlines really do a lot to asset individuals who need and want rehab but can’t get it for whatever reason. All one has to do is call such a hotline and one will be put in touch with a referral cousnleor who can put the caller in touch with a rehab center that he or she can go to. With help like this, it’s actually possible for those addicted to get the help that they need once and for all.
This is the crucial and necessary thing for those addicted and abusing drugs and alcohol. It’s possible and likely that this might be the best way possible for those addicted to find and get into rehab programs to save their lives and provide them with a good rehab program to go to.
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