Drug Abuse And Economy

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The National Survey on Drug Use and Health has concluded that around 20 million Americans ranging from 12 to older have used an illegal drug in the last 30 days. This consists of 8% of the population involving that age range. Around 48 million people from the age 12 to older abuse prescription drugs like painkillers, sedatives, and stimulants from ages 12 and older. This consists of about 20 percent of the U.S. Population. Drug abuse is a growing problem and over the years, it has only escalated. Drugs might seem like small harmless pills, but the consequences of it are pernicious, regardless if it 's prescription drugs or non-prescription drugs. Drugs have a social impact in relation to crime, celebrities, the economy, and the nation. Even …show more content…
In 2007, the cost of drug abuse was approximately $193 billion. $120 million was due to lack of productivity from labor participation costs, treatment, incarceration, and premature death. $11 billion was spent to provide drug treatment and $61 billion billion was meant to pay for things involving criminal justice such as criminal investigation, prosecution and incarceration, and victim costs. In 2009, 67% of drug users from the ages of 18 and so on were employed, while 48% was working full time and 19% was working part time. 13% were unemployed and the rest were not in the labor force. In addition, in 2002 through 2004, full time workers from the ages 18 to 64, they had a greater chance of working with three or more employers in the previous year. They had a greater chance of missing two or more workdays in the month compare to full time workers that didn 't use drugs. In addition, there had a higher chance of not attending one or more work days in the past month. The health costs over the years is only going to increase as the drug usage is increasing. Clearly, this depicts that drug use affects productivity in the nation and the presence of drug users at work. As well as that drug abuse negatively affects the person using it emotionally and physically. It affects the people associated with the drug user. Most of the time the health of drug users are deteriorated due to sickness and disease. In most cases, they die from drug overdoses or any illnesses having to do with it. A majority of illegal drug users spread infectious diseases. They are “core transmitters” of giving gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis, and

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