Substance Abuse

How does drug abuse impact all of society?

Background Information

  • The most commonly addicted drug is cannibas
  • Drunk driving deaths 35% were 21-24 32% were 25-34 26% were 35-44
  • 20 million Americans aged 12 or older used an illegal drug in the past 30 days
  • Substance abuse exeeds $190 billion
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◘Addicts point of view◘

An addicts point of view is most likely going to be that the drug is the most important thing in there life. Probably because they cant help it anymore because the drug controls them, at first they had control of the drug and they had a choice to chose to do it or not. But I believe that there should be more awareness of the drug destroying peoples lives.

◘Causes of Substance Abuse◘

  • Peer pressure could help in someone getting addicted
  • Lack of self control could lead to addiction
  • People don't show up to work
  • Addiction to alcohol
  • Addiction to drug

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◘Effects of Substance abuse◘

  • Caused 10,839 deaths in 2009
  • Drug becomes most important thing in their life
  • $130 billion wasted in productivity
  • Diseases spread through unprotected sex
  • Could become homeless and go towards crime
  • Diseases like brain damage
  • Drugs impact judgment, emotion, motivation, memory and learning
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◘Final Thoughts◘

There are so many bad consequences from drinking alcohol and doing drugs. I think that there should be more help for the people who are addicted and cant stop and there should be more aware about substance abuse.

◘Works Cited◘


"Addiction." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

"Alcoholism." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2014.Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.

"Drug Abuse." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015.

"Drunk Driving." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2015.Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 8 Dec. 2015

NCAA. "Facts about Drugs." Facts about Drugs. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2015.

"Overdose Death Rates." Overdose Death Rates. National Institute on Drug Abuse, 10 Dec. 2015. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.