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  • AK - (907) 268-4185
  • AL - (256) 399-0220
  • AR - (870) 277-4314
  • AZ - (480) 478-0747
  • CA - (760) 316-9505
  • CO - (970) 315-0224
  • CT - (860) 986-7636
  • DC - (202) 509-9590
  • DE - (302) 342-8812
  • FL - (305) 514-0038
  • GA - (706) 664-0799
  • IA - (712) 266-3564
  • ID - (208) 228-5228
  • IL - (708) 572-6030
  • IN - (317) 215-5587
  • KS - (620) 860-0534
  • KY - (270) 803-0011
  • LA - (337) 376-0116
  • MA - (978) 233-2133
  • MD - (443) 219-0618
  • ME - (207) 221-2169
  • MI - (586) 276-7452
  • MN - (952) 657-7857
  • MO - (417) 429-4943
  • MS - (228) 285-7004
  • MT - (406) 322-3268
  • NC - (704) 215-4895
  • ND - (701) 355-6366
  • NE - (402) 261-2768
  • NH - (603) 509-3985
  • NJ - (201) 484-8276
  • NM - (505) 227-8586
  • NV - (702) 302-4127
  • NY - (631) 676-1620
  • OH - (513) 206-9650
  • OK - (405) 253-5317
  • OR - (503) 406-2518
  • PA - (267) 415-1524
  • RI - (401) 288-3581
  • SC - (803) 720-5190
  • SD - (605) 370-5086
  • TN - (901) 221-4025
  • TX - (682) 200-1764
  • UT - (435) 267-0140
  • VA - (804) 302-5207
  • VT - (802) 221-4687
  • WA - (425) 242-5130
  • WI - (920) 482-2915
  • WV - (304) 721-2107
  • WY - (307) 222-0333

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Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a premiss of drug abuse that results in repeated and unfavorable social consequences connected to taking drugs. Though being addicted implies drug dependence, it is conceivable to be dependent on a drug without being addicted. As an example, people that take drugs to handle diseases and disorders may experience improvement of their condition. To be considered as being addicted to drugs a person must take a drug regularly and experience unpleasant symptoms if interrupted. Those who have just begun taking drugs have more potential to be diagnosed with drug abuse. Drug addiction can exist without drug abuse, and drug abuse can persist for a considerable period of time without becoming drug addiction.

Drug addiction starts with drug abuse when a person makes a voluntary choice to use drugs. Addiction is more then a lot of drug use. Scientific research provides overwhelming evidence that drugs have long term effects on brain metastasis and activity. Changes occur in the brain that change drug abuse into addiction, a degenerative, relapsing illness. Those who are addicted to drugs experience an overwhelmingly compulsive drug craving and will not be able to stop on their own. Treatment is necessary to end this compulsive behavior.


Health Effects of Drug Addiction

Individuals who suffer from addiction often have multiple accompanying medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and mental disorders. Medical analysis show the detrimental effects of drug abuse throughout the body. As an example, tests show that the health effects of smoking are cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, blood, lungs, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix. In addition, most other abused substances, such as inhalants, are poisonous to nerves and may harm or destroy them either in the brain or the peripheral nervous system.


Statistics of Drug Addiction

Drug abuse and addiction are disorders that impact all of the various population groups. According to information from the National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey, 13.3% of the nationwide represented survey group displayed signs of alcoholism during their lifespan, and 4.4% displayed signs of alcoholism in the past year. According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 6.4% of those surveyed had used an illicit drug in the past month. Although drug addiction can start at any age, people ages 18 to 24 have relatively greater drug abuse rates, and that addiction often happens sometime during the ages of 20 to 49. Drug abuse disorders are generally more frequent in men.


The Cost of Drug Abuse

In addition to being an individual health condition, drug abuse and addiction can be seen as a public health dilemma with different levels of health, economic, and unfavorable social implications. Drug related conditions are connected with teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as failure in school, domestic violence, homelessness, unemployment, and crimes such as sexual assault, aggravated assault, robbery, larceny, and burglary. Research has estimated the total economic cost of alcohol and drug abuse to be $245.7 billion for 1992. Of this, $97.7 billion was due to drug abuse. This estimate includes drug abuse treatment and prevention costs as well as other healthcare costs, costs associated with reduced job productivity or lost earnings, and other costs to society such as crime and social welfare.


List of Substances Considered Addictive

Alcohol
Cocaine
Dextromethorphan (DXM)
Ecstasy (MDMA)
Oxycontin
Heroin
Marijuana (Cannabis)
Methamphetamine
Amphetamines
Analgesics
Oxycodone
Nicotine
Caffeine
Ketamine
LSD
Mescaline
Opium
Morphine
Barbiturates
Buprenorphine
Butorphanol
Codeine
Dextropropoxyphene
Ethchlorvynol
Fentanyl
Flunitrazepam
Glutethimide
Hydrocodone
Hydromorphone
Mepacaine
Meperidine
Meprobamate
Methadone
Methaqualone
Methcathinone
Oxycodone
OxyContin
Paraldehyde
Phencyclidine
Psilocybin
Quaalude
Seconal
Valium

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