A brief look into the statistics of addiction
Every day, people continually talk about addictions and it’s many ravaging effects on the world population. It is not mere news to know that the occurrence of addictions in any and all of its forms have significantly increased or remained fairly constant over the years. It begins to look as if, the more people talk about it, the less result we get. Addictive drug and alcohol use has become so rampant that it is found amongst almost all the age groups.
Increased rate of access to illicit drugs and substance abuse in many countries, has caused the government of those countries to raise concern and worries for the international community.
According to Saint Jude Retreats (a nonprofit substance abuse counselling and rehabilitation outfit), over one million persons out of the over 18 million persons living in NYC are illicit drug users. This would amount to about 6% of the city’s population. The figures in fact have a tendency to still rise with time.
There has been a traceable relationship between substance abuse and the rate of road accidents. Many road accidents would not have occurred, if the drivers(s) involved had not driven under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Statistical reports issued by the Governor’s Highhway Safety Administration in 2017 puts 22% on the number of road drivers who drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The figures are different for road accidents, as a percentage high of up to 43% of accident-injured drivers test positive for the use of illicit drugs in the United States. Thus by implication, the roads have become less safe for pedestrians and other road users. Marijuana is the most common addictive drug and it’s even cultivated in some part of the city.
The addictive use of drugs and alcohol shockingly has become observable in adolescents and teenagers. This could be attributed to increasing quantity supply of those drugs in circulation as well as continued exposure and societal/peer influence. Traffic accidents is said to be a major cause of death for teenagers. About one-third of these deaths is traceable to indiscriminate drug and alcohol use (Morbidity and mortality among adolescents and young adults in the United States by Blum MD and et’ al 2014). Based on statistical reports released in 2013 by the United States Department of Health and Human Services from its national survey on drug use and health, more than half of the tested illicit drug users obtained the substance from non-medically prescribed means.
They were said to have obtained the drugs from some friends or relatives; and usually for free. We would infer that the high level of circulation of illicit drugs, could have been influenced by age group, and peer to peer distribution. There is therefore a need to thoroughly enlighten people on the necessity for sober living. Experts think proper teenage monitoring and caution would go a long way in reducing adolescent and teenage inclinations to addictive drug and alcohol use.
Bringing about a decline in statistical value for drug and alcohol use, as regards road use and accidents would require a more conscious effort on the part of government, and on the part of individuals. There is definitely clear benefits in sober living. Similar to the signs spotted in the NYC subway system, “don’t be another statistic”. Valley Spring will help you or your loved ones get connected to the best recovery services and sober living facility in NYC! Click on the link for more general information about sober homes and halfway houses.
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