Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year, drug abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people in the United States. Abused drugs include:
Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.
Information provided by the National Institutes of Health.