Effects Of Stimulants On The Health Care And Law Enforcement Essay

710 Words Oct 27th, 2015 3 Pages
Studies show there is a correlation between the personality traits of people and the use of substances (alcohol, opiates, smoking, stimulants, etc.). For example, opiate dependence has been the result of emotionally unstable people (Kornor and Nordvik 2007). Therefore, it is important to this relationship to gain a better understanding of how it affects people’s moods and behaviors.
The use of stimulants (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, cigarettes) negatively impacted the United States in the health care and law enforcement field (Terracciano, Lockenhoff, Crum, Bienvenu, & Costa 2008). Hundreds of thousands of dollars must go into the cost of treating individuals with addictions. Those individuals spend a good sum of money just fueling their addictions. A study was conducted by Terrancciano, Lockenhoff, Crum, Bienvenu & Costa to assess which personality traits people possess to leave them more inclined to use drugs. Participants from many different backgrounds completed a personality inventory that assessed traits of Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, and Agreeableness. They were interviewed about the type and frequency of drugs used as well. The trait of agreeableness was thought to play a role in the use of stimulants. Young adults (aged 18-24) are reported to be the largest group to use substances such as cigarettes, marijuana, and alcohol (Cohn, Villanti, Richardson, Rath, Williams, Stanton, Mermelstein 2015). Using these substances at such…

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