18 Facts About Drugs and Addiction

Drugs and addiction tend to go hand in hand.  Although not everyone who tries it will become addicted, many do and most of these will find it very difficult to stop using.  Everywhere we look, there is information about it, some saying why is it bad for you, while others give people a reason to use.

Here are some facts about drugs and addiction:

  1. Substance abuse in the USA accounts for around $180 billion dollars each year.  That is not counting the cost of alcohol or tobacco, just drugs usage.
  2. Children of addicts are 4 times more likely to become addicts than those whose parents are not users.
  3. Whilst one in ten people who drink will become hooked to alcohol, one or two uses of a drug such as Heroin can leave the user wanting more.
  4. Drug addicts who need cash for their next fix carry out 90% of muggings and thefts from property.
  5. Back in the 1890’s, when instances of Pneumonia and Tuberculosis were rife Heroin was marketed as a non-addictive cough suppressant.
  6. The term “Cold Turkey” is derived from the fact that detoxification can lead to the addict feeling cold and clammy.
  7. The term “kicking the habit” may come from the muscles spasms and jerky leg movements suffered by the person in detox.
  8. It is a disease, despite what many people think, and requires the correct treatment.
  9. Most people cannot just cut back or give up when they feel like it.  The very nature of the substance dictates that in the way that repeated use changes the function and the structure of the brain. Only around 2% of individuals actually seek help.
  1. It is as easy to become addicted to prescription drugs as it is to illegal substances – and these are pills that are prescribed daily by doctors and members of the medical profession. Learn more about prescription drugs and addiction
  2. Around 50% of US College students have used drugs or been binge drinking – 25% are medically classified as addicts.
  3. Around 25% of all Americans will suffer with this problem sometime in their lives.
  4. 16% of the total population of America meet the medical requirements for being classed as an addict.
  5. Out of more than 2 million US prison inmates, more than 1.5 million meet the medical requirements for addiction.
  6. Of the above only 11% receive treatment for their addiction whilst being in prison.
  7. Women and girls take less time to become addicted to drugs, illegal or prescription, and with less usage than males.
  8.  Teenagers that start drinking before the age of 15 are more likely to move on to drugs at some point.
  9. Around 85% of websites that advertise and sell controlled prescription drugs do not ask for a prescription, which just goes to show how easy it is to get hold of them.
  10. Addictions cannot be cured. The person can only be given help and support to cope with and manage this illness.

Credit to Hawaii Island Recovery.

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