Drug abuse has plagued the United States for centuries, and it continues to endanger the lives of children and adults alike. Fortunately, there is a way out for those who have developed a dependence on drugs and alcohol. If you are interested in learning about the most commonly abused substances in America, then review the information below.
•Marijuana – There is controversy surrounding the opinion that marijuana is an addictive drug. However, statistics show that it acts as a gateway drug to more addictive substances. Marijuana can also interfere with a person’s life in many of the same ways as other addictive substances. For example, it slows users down, inhibits their ability to react appropriately to situations, and can lead to a variety of lifestyle changes.
•Alcohol addiction can start during childhood or late in life. Those who begin drinking during childhood typically start around the age of 12, and become full alcoholics by their early 20s. These users usually turn to alcohol because they have poor coping skills and may struggle to make friends, while adults who develop a dependence on alcohol usually do so as a way to deal with stress from a divorce, post-traumatic stress disorder, a demanding job or a variety of other reasons.
•Heroin – Heroin is a powerful opiate that is considered to be one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. Users risk experiencing overdose and respiratory failure, long-term health problems, and the contraction of HIV/AIDS. Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and as such, it is the most commonly abused substance in the world.
•Prescription Drugs – The Internet has made it easier than ever to obtain access to prescription drugs, which is why prescription painkillers have become the popular drug of choice among teens. Drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin are highly addictive, and can often be found in your home medicine cabinet. When abused, these prescription painkillers can be just as dangerous and deadly as heroin.
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