Essay Is Drugs A Growing Epidemic?

1686 Words Apr 11th, 2016 7 Pages
For most people, watching the news on television, reading the newspaper, or checking out the news on your phone is one of the first things you do in the morning. You’ll read about the upcoming elections, the scores of the previous night’s sporting events, and whatever or whoever else is getting their 15 minutes of fame at the time. Then, you’ll read about who has overdosed. It’s to the point where you’re expecting it. “Teen overdosed on Heroin two months before graduation,” or “Mother leaves behind three kids after overdosing on Black Tar,” the headlines usually read. It’s devastating and it leaves you wondering why someone would risk their life like that. These headlines are becoming all too common. The distribution and use of Heroin is a growing epidemic that needs to be stopped. But how do you stop something this big? You start by first stopping the enabling of addicts. To put in perspective just how serious this epidemic has become, let’s look at a few facts and figures. In 2011 alone, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or older had used heroin at least once in their lives (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014). In 2014, drug overdoses became the leading cause of accidental death here in the United States, with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In 2014, as reported by ASAM, approximately 28,000 young teens had used heroin in the past year. It is estimated that 16,000 of those adolescents were current users of…

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