National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
The last week in January is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week! Here are some drug and alcohol facts!
Facts About Drug Abuse
- Addiction is a chronic disease that causes the user to use drugs compulsively without thinking of the potential consequences.
- Drugs affect the user’s “reward circuit” which controls the body’s ability to feel pleasure and motivates the used to repeat the behavior in order to survive.
- The long-term effects of drugs abuse cause changes in
- Some people may have a higher risk of abusing drugs because of their
- Prevention programs that involve families, schools, communities, and the media are effective for reducing drug abuse and adduction.
For more information, go to https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/understanding-drug-use-addiction
Information courtesy of the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse
Facts About Opioid Addiction
- Opioids Include
- Prescription Pain Relievers Like
- Opioids interact with the opioid receptors on the brain and nervous systems to cause pleasurable effects and pain relief.
- In 2015, 2 million people had a substance abuse disorder involving pain relievers and 591,000 were abusing heroin.
- In 2015, 20,101 people died from prescription pain reliever abuse and 12,990 people died of heroin abuse.
- In 2012, 259 million opioid prescriptions were written, which was enough to give every American their own bottle of pills.
For more information, go to https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf
Information courtesy of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
Facts About Alcohol Abuse
- In the US, alcohol is the most commonly abused substance.
- 1 in every 12 adults suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.
- Annually, 88,000 people die from excessive alcohol use.
- In the US, alcohol is the 3rd leading cause of lifestyle-related death.
- Up to 40% of the hospital beds in the United States besides the maternity ward and ICU are occupied by patients receiving treatments for a health conditions related to alcohol consumption.
- Excessive alcohol use either from heavy drinking or binge drinking can cause
- Cardiovascular Problems Including
- Myocardial Infarction
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Psychiatric Problems Including
- Social Problems Including
- Lost Productivity
- Family Violence
- Children Maltreatment
- Unintended Injuries Including
- Car Accidents
- Firearm Injuries
- Increased Risk of Cancer In
- Liver Diseases Including
- Fatty Liver
- Alcoholic Hepatitis
- Gastrointestinal Problems Including
For more information, go to https://www.ncadd.org/about-addiction/alcohol/facts-about-alcohol
Information courtesy of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence