The Impact of Drug Abuse and Addiction

The use of illicit drugs has been a hot topic in the news of late and overdose prevention strategies are being discussed every day. Some people believe stricter legislation will solve the issue, and others vow for a more laid back approach. Regardless of your beliefs, we have a drug problem in this country, and that is not up for debate.

Traumatic Injury
Did you know that more deaths, illnesses, and disabilities are caused by illicit drug abuse than any other preventable health condition? People who abuse illicit drugs are more prone to taking unnecessary risks with their life and this can mean danger for anyone around them. Unfortunately, one in every four deaths today are attributed to illicit drug use.

Health Problems
Even if it doesn’t kill you, drug abuse can greatly diminish a person’s quality of life. People who abuse illicit substances are at greater risk of:

  • Cardiovascular conditions including heart attack, collapsed veins, blood infections and high blood pressure.
  • Digestive problems like nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
  • Liver failure or cirrhosis of the liver.
  • They can also cause seizures, strokes and aneurysms.
  • Drugs can affect vision, memory, judgement, fine motor skills and balance.

Social Problems
Most recovering addicts list disappointing family and friends as their number one reason for seeking help. People who have trouble with addiction tend to ostracize themselves and divert to smaller groups that support their habits. Unfortunately, this is often the beginning of the end because the addict will likely lose their job and any form of real support they had left. This is why it is important to understand the warning signs and point out users in the workplace before issues become more addictive. A Drug-Free Workplace can save lives.

Employers needing drug testing programs and drug-free workplace programs need look no further. Contact National Drug Screening for a free consultative session regarding implementing a drug free workplace program in your business. There is no obligation and the rewards can not be ignored.

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