Drugs have effects on society in many different ways. The negative
consequences of drug abuse affect not only individuals who abuse drugs but
also their families and friends, various businesses, and government
resources. The ONDCP (2202) discusses the effects of drug abuse.
“Although many of these affects cannot be quantified, ONDCP reported that
in 2002, the economic cost of drug abuse to the United States was $180.9
Devastating to an abuser’s health is the contraction of needle borne
illnesses including hepatitis and HIV/AIDS through injection use. NDDUH
data indicate that “in 2004 over 3.5 million individuals aged 18 and older
admitted to having injecting a illicit drug during their lifetime. Of these
individuals, 14 percent (498,000) were under the age of 25.”The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 123,235 adults living
with AIDS in the United States in 2003 contracted the disease from injection
use. The survival rates for those people is less than someone who contracted
the disease other ways. CDC further reports that more than 25,000 people
died in 2003 from drug-induced effects.
National-level studies have shown that parents who abuse drugs often
put their need to obtain and abuse drugs before the health and welfare of
their children. NSDUH data collected during 2002 and 2003 indicate that 4.3
percent of pregnant women aged 15 to 44 report using illicit drugs in the
past month. Moreover the same data (National Drug Threat assesment2006
P.1) the same data show that 8.5 percent of new mothers report using illicit
drugs in the past month. Children whose parents and other family members
abuse drugs often are physically or emotionally abused and often lack proper
immunizations, medical care dental care, and necessities such as food, water,
The economic impact of drug abuse on... [continues]
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