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Drug Abuse Statistics

It is important to look at drug abuse statistics carefully in order to fully understand the trends that are being seen. The drug abuse statistics can be misleading because they often don't emphasize the raw numbers that are behind the statistics. For example, since the use of drugs by teenagers reached its peak in the mid 1990s there has been a steady decline in overall drug use since the time. However, the raw numbers are still frightening.

The most recent drug abuse statistics show that there has been an increase in the use of certain types of drugs, including prescription drugs, hallucinogens such as LSD, and the highly dangerous MDMA (Ecstasy) among younger teenagers who appear to fail to see the risk in the frequent use of such drugs. The even more alarming trend in the raw data behind drug abuse statistics is the fact that in 2005 almost 3 million people in the United States began using illicit drugs for the first time. This breaks down to almost 8,000 people per day age 12 or older who are just beginning to enter the drug world.

The future implications of these types of drug abuse statistics are obvious. There is the loss of productivity in school and on the job, the increase of adverse health consequences, and the increased cost of treating addicted patients. The answers continue to be the same, there must be continued efforts to educate the population about the consequences of drug abuse and be effective treatment available for those that desire to quit. This treatment must include both residential and out patient programs that are designed to teach patients to adopt a drug and alcohol free life style.

The fact that drug abuse is declining overall doesn't reduce the effort that must be made to treat those who have fallen into the trap of drug abuse whether it is street drugs or prescription drugs.

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