DRUGS AND ECONOMY
Anyone who has loved an addicted person knows: Addiction comes with enormous costs. Some of these costs are emotional and mental. The addicted person suffers from the overwhelming compulsion to use drugs and the physical sickness and deterioration that accompanies the use of alcohol and drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
People turn to drugs and alcohol for many different reasons. For as many people that there are who are addicted, there are just as many reasons why those people use substances. Addicts are unique individuals. Each one will have his or her story of why they began using addictive substances.
According to the Treatment Episode Data Set Report (a research project done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), about 50 percent of treatment center admissions in rural America are for alcohol.
Just like with most things, there is a geographic influence in the drug problem. Some states and some areas are more harshly affected than others are. In this article, we’ll explore some of the more harshly affected areas that have been severely influenced by substance abuse.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the total economic blow that the nation is struck with every year from the drug and alcohol addiction problem now numbers in at more than seventy-eight billion dollars a year. Yes, that is an annual cost.
Contrary to popular belief, it is the wealthier countries that actually have more devastating drug problems and addiction issues in general than the poorer countries do. In fact, drug abuse and alcoholism is now more a problem for the middle-class and even the wealthy than it likely ever has been.