Illegal drugs have always been a major problem in America, but now prescription drugs are also turning into an epidemic in many parts of the United States. The result is illegal drug use is having a devastating impact on the American economy, in a time period when the economy is already struggling. The effects are far-reaching, and impact everyone, not just people who would typically be considered junkies. Nowadays, a wide range of people from all walks of life are dealing with the sometimes fatal consequences of drug abuse. The financial losses are also staggering, costing America massive amounts of money with worker absenteeism and rehabilitation costs. Drug addiction also tears apart families and negatively impacts the children who have to grow up with parents who abuse drugs.
Illicit Drugs Are Estimated To Cost The United States Over 100 Billion Dollars
The amount of money pumped into drug rehabilitation, prevention, and early deaths have taken on incredible proportions. The costs are particularly damaging in healthcare, and the toll drug abuse takes on the health of those who are addicted. Healthcare involves treating overdoses, other medical problems that arise, and unfortunately at times death. Additionally, the legal fees associated with drug addicts are also extremely high, with money needed to prosecute and incarcerate drug addicts. Drugs have an incredible impact on the economy and take a heavy toll on society as a whole.
How Drug Use Affects The Workforce
Since most people who abuse drugs are of working age, this has a tremendous impact on the productivity of the workforce. Drugs are notorious for making the user care little else for anything besides getting his next high. This contributes greatly to worker absenteeism, and it also contributes to people of working age being unemployed. Reportedly, unemployed people are twice as likely to use drugs than those who are employed.
The Impact Of Drug Abuse On Kids
Even though the majority of people who abuse drugs are of adult age, kids still have to bear the tragedy of the consequences. Kids who have parents who are drug addicts often have to deal with things such as:
- Unstable home environment
This results in educational and developmental problems with the kid that can also cause America to pay great price. And kids who have parents that abuse drugs are also more likely abuse drugs themselves. This can have lifelong consequences, and continues to affect the kids as they grow into young adulthood and leave for college. Studies have shown that college kids who use drugs are more likely to skip classes and receive lower grades.
Resources To Combat Drug Abuse
But with the rise of drugs also come increased resources to combat drug abuse. The financial, physical, and emotional toll that drug abuse takes on a person must be treated and prevented if possible. The Federal Government is well aware of how much drug addiction costs the workforce and the economy and have programs in place to assist those in need. Additionally, those who have struggled with drug addiction can also seek treatment at a rehab facility. Treatments at a rehab facility are more cutting-edge and effective than ever. The sooner someone addresses a drug problem the better chance they have at long-term success.
America is reeling from the steep financial costs of drug addiction. If affects the workplace, healthcare costs, and children of addicts. But there are now more resources than ever for an addict to seek help, from Federal Government programs, to rehab facilities, to local support groups. By seeking treatment sooner rather than later, drug addicts can help build a country that isn’t crippled by the negative impact that drug addiction takes on society.
Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.