In the U.S. alone, over 23 million Americans are estimated to suffer from alcohol and/or drug-related addictions. According to the anti-drug campaign, DrugAbuse.gov, substance abuse in the U.S. costs taxpayers a whopping $600 billion, annually, in expenditures induced by crime, lost work, productivity, and healthcare!
Drug addiction is a major overarching health concern in the United States with an estimated nine percent of Americans over the age of 12 being illicit drug users. Marijuana contributes the largest number of drug users with psychotherapeutics and cocaine ranking as the second and third most common. Alcohol treatment was the number one most common reason patients received drug treatment in 2012, with pain relievers and marijuana at second and third, and cocaine at fourth.
Drug abuse can cause irreparable harm on one’s body, a well-known fact supported by thorough research. What often goes overlooked is how drug addiction can impact one’s ability in the workplace, in addition to how it can negatively impact their co-workers. Learn more about which jobs are most likley to lead to substance abuse in this infographic.
Habits can be great. They can motivate us to keep up with a gym routine, allow us to employ a new personal hygiene regimen, or keep us on track with our work assignments. In many ways habits are actually necessary in our lives and provide our days with a fluid rhythm. Unfortunately, human nature can also cause us to develop negative habits. This infographic looks at popular habits vs popular addictions.
Prescription drug abuse in America is on the rise. Today, 52 million citizens over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs non-medically in their lifetime. Over half obtained the drugs for free from a friend or a relative. They’re so easy to get that even teens cite their availability as the number one reason they abuse them. When will the madness end?
In 2010, about 10% of men and 3% of women reported heavy alcohol use. Alcohol dependency is every bit as destructive as drug abuse, but with alcohol rehab, drinking problems can be put to rest. Check out this infographic from an Astoria Pointer to see some of the problems alcohol abuse can create.