Is healthcare one word. Did you know that 48.5 million Americans consume illegal drugs or prescription drugs that are abused in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
In the same year, there were
about 66,000 overdose deaths, of which two-thirds were illegal or prescription
opiates. Hello, I’m Dr. Eugene Sun, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of
Blue Cross and Blue Shield in New Mexico.
Substance abuse can include underage
drinking, alcohol dependence, abuse or prescription of non-medical or
non-prescription drugs, tobacco and the use of illegal drugs.
Statistics show that the costs of
drug abuse in relation to human health are very high. It is also important to
know that adolescent drug use is a common and growing problem. Studies show
that in two-thirds classes students experience alcohol and half of the cannabis
I estimate that 11% of the total
alcohol consumed in the US is consumed by children under the age of 12 to 20
years. Much of what happens when drinking alcohol.
Substance consumption can affect
brain growth and development among adolescents and cause changes in brain
function in areas responsible for memory, motivation, learning, judgment, and
These changes can then lead to mental and physical health problems, poor school performance and participation in the justice system.
The many additional effects of drug
abuse include several other physical, mental, social and social health
problems, including teenage pregnancy, transmitted diseases, domestic violence,
car accidents, crime, and physical violence.
Including murder and suicide.
Overall, drug use and abuse in the US is associated with at least several
hundred thousand deaths per year.
Deaths, accidents, including motor
vehicle accidents, overdoses, intentional self-injury and alcohol-related
diseases, including alcohol-related liver disease and cirrhosis.
This is a great time to learn more
about drug abuse and how to help friends or loved ones. Raising awareness and
reducing the stigma of drug abuse is an important part of eliminating the