There is no doubt anymore that drug and alcohol addiction is now one of the single most dangerous issues in the United States. The truth is a very real one that drug and alcohol addiction is a huge problem that seems to only get worse and worse as the years go by, with more and more people noticing that addiction is a serious issue. If something major is not done soon to address it, then it will achieve a whole new level of severity and danger.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently (2012) labeled drug and alcohol addiction as now being a full on epidemic in the United States. What this means is that, substance abuse as a general crisis extended from being a simple, crisis-level issue, to now being an official epidemic. This bodes incredibly ill for Americans everywhere, and is something of serious concern in this country.
One of the best ways to tackle drug and alcohol addiction is through prevention and education. Currently, drug and alcohol addiction is being approached in this country from a more “damage control” perspective, when really the issue should be being addressed from a preventative perspective. Sadly, more Americans are becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol every year than are being rehabilitated from such habits. Furthermore, rehabilitation is not always effective, and recovered addicts often end up relapsing back onto their substances of choice.
But what if people simply never started using drugs and alcohol in the first place? That would stop the problem in its tracks. Drug dealers and alcohol conglomerates would have no one to addict onto their substances.
The Power of Education
Consider these two statistics put together and published by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health:
- “Among children who admitted that they had abused prescription medications, one in five has done so before the age of 14. More than a quarter of teens mistakenly believe that misusing and abusing prescription drugs is safer than using street drugs, when the truth is that they are in a lot of ways even more dangerous than street drugs are. Many teens and their parents incorrectly believe that the abuse of prescription medications is a safe and non-addicting alternative to street drugs, when the truth is that more teens actually die from abusing prescription drugs than teens who die from abusing street drugs.”
- “About one in four teens say their parents do not care as much if they are caught using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, compared to getting caught with street drugs. For some strange reason, there is a great deal of false data about the dangers that are behind prescription drug abuse. People don’t seem to think that they are as dangerous as they really are.”
These statistics give us insight into just how little knowingness and information there is in this country when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction. Just this information itself shows us that there is a severe lack of understanding, information, and proper know-how when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction.
The key is to educate and to create an understanding in people of the truth about drug and alcohol addiction and all that goes into it. The key is to really help people to understand just what they are dealing with when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction. The more parents and their kids know about addiction, the less kids will want to experiment with drugs and alcohol, and the more impassioned parents will be to ensure that they keep their kids safe from such substances.