Substance abuse refers to the overindulgence in a drug and the subsequent dependence on the drug. This, in turn, leads to problems for the abuser’s physical and mental health and possibly the welfare of others. It also takes its toll on society in the form of crime and medical costs.
The most abused drugs are both legal and illegal. Often the abused drug is prescribed by a medical professional. Here is a quick look at the most abused drugs and some quick statistics:
Alcohol - According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 22,073 alcohol-induced deaths in 2006, excluding accidents and homicides.
Marijuana - In 2006, the Centers for Disease Control reported that six percent of people 12 years of age and older used marijuana with in a month that they were surveyed.
Cocaine - In a 2008, a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that 4.4 percent of high school students said that they used cocaine in the last 12 months.
Heroin - According to a study by National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the average first-time heroin user was 20.7 years old.
Methamphetamine - It’s estimated that 10.4 million Americans 12 years or older has used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetimes, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
If you have a substance abuse problem there are various effective routes you can take to reclaim your life and get back on the right track.