37% of individuals claim that the United States is losing ground in the war on prescription drug abuse.
Two thirds of the people who abuse drugs or alcohol admit to being sexually molested when they were children.
12 to 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs more than they abuse ecstasy, crack/cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined.
Ketamine hydrochloride, or 'K,' is a powerful anesthetic designed for use during operations and medical procedures.
Stress is the number one factor in drug and alcohol abuse.
The euphoric feeling of cocaine is then followed by a crash filled with depression and paranoia.
Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing.
Inhalants go through the lungs and into the bloodstream, and are quickly distributed to the brain and other organs in the body.
In 2005, 4.4 million teenagers (aged 12 to 17) in the US admitted to taking prescription painkillers, and 2.3 million took a prescription stimulant such as Ritalin. 2.2 million abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup. The average age for first-time users is now 13 to 14.
Meth, or methamphetamine, is a powerfully addictive stimulant that is both long-lasting and toxic to the brain. Its chemistry is similar to speed (amphetamine), but meth has far more dangerous effects on the body's central nervous system.
Veterans who fought in combat had higher risk of becoming addicted to drugs or becoming alcoholics than veterans who did not see combat.
18 percent of drivers killed in a crash tested positive for at least one drug.
Cocaine was originally used for its medical effects and was first introduced as a surgical anesthetic.
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