Drug Abuse

A Growing Problem

Side Effects and Health Risks

  • Respiratory Failure
  • Hepatitis
  • Coma
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Hiv

For more, visit http://www.drugfreeworld.org/drugfacts.html.


  • Drug abuse accounts for $11 billion in healthcare costs each year.
  • Marijuana contains 50-70% more cancer-causing substances than tobacco.
  • About 23.5 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to drugs and need help. Only 2.6 million, or 11%, are receiving it.
  • In 2009, 2.1 million ER visits were directly drug-related incidences.
  • The number of drug addicts is rising each year. 2012 was a record high not only the United States, but the entire world.


Visit http://www.caron.org/knowledge-library/statistics-outcomes & http://drugabuse.com/usa/ for more statistics.