Did you know that more than 5,000 visits to emergency rooms each day are the result of drug abuse? If you found that surprising, then wait until you see these other statistics.
Alcohol Is the Biggest Drug Problem in the Nation
Believe it or not, alcohol is the number one drug problem in the nation. It’s estimated that more than half of all Americans age 12 and up consume alcohol, 25% of which have a drinking problem. What’s more, more than half (53%) of U.S. adults have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem. If you suspect someone you know may have a drinking problem, talk to your doctor about alcohol detox centers, and what they can do to help.
Prescription Drug Abuse Is More Rampant Than You Might Think
When family practice doctors give out prescriptions, they read over the directions. Unfortunately, many often disregard family practice doctors‘ instructions, and abuse these prescriptions. About 30 million, actually. Though it might not seem like that big of a deal to some — after all, if they were so dangerous, why would people prescribe them? — about 40 people die each day from narcotic prescription overdose.
Heroin Is Easier to Fall Into Than You Think
Heroin is a lot easier to fall into than you might think. People don’t just one day start taking it. Oftentimes, family practice doctors prescribe pain medications to help treat an injury, such as a sore back for example. The patient then becomes addicted, and when the prescription runs out or becomes too expensive, they turn to heroin. In 2013, there were about 680,000 active heroin users. Each year, there are about 2,000 deaths caused by heroin.