Canada is suffering with a heroin problem because of Afghanistan. Isn’t it amazing how a war can effect everyone in some way? That’s the butterfly effect.
If 48 million people over the age of 12 in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes, how many people world wide are using prescriptions? Do you see the passive income and profit here? Wow! KA-CHING, KA-CHING!! We are a pill popping nation whether it is street drugs or prescription drugs. IS ANYONE DRIVING SOBER? I did an article (link below) on corporations that have pied guilty or no contest to crimes and have been criminally fined in the United States. Think about how much of this is going on worldwide.

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

growing problems in the United States is prescription

– The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that close to 20 percent of people (48 million) over the age of 12 in the U.S. have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

according to research, one of the growing causes of the increasing incidence of prescription drug abuse is the availability of drugs. This makes it easier for abusers to “pharm” prescriptions drugs. This practice of taking handfuls of drugs from wherever possible is especially growing amongst the youth.

– 9.3 percent of 12th graders report that they used Vicodin without a prescription, and 5 percent report using OxyContin. And these are just two drugs

– most common targets are strong painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin

– use of tranquilizers is increasing as well.

– the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that nearly 3 million teenagers and young adults (those aged 12 to 25) become new abusers of prescription drugs.

56 percent of the 6 million new prescription drug abusers were over the age of 18

prescription drug abuse is rising amongst the elderly as well. Even though only 13 percent of the population, the elderly account for about 1/3 of the prescriptions, reports NIH. This lends itself to prescription drug abuse.

Canada faces a flood of heroin and addicts

By Alex Roslin and Bilbo Poynter, Postmedia News December 12, 2010

Treatment centres in cities around Canada are struggling to cope with a surge of addicts — many younger than ever before — who are hooked on a rising tide of heroin pouring into this country from war-torn Afghanistan.

It’s a similar story across much of the rest of the world. After years of declining use in the 1990s, heroin and other opiates have made a startling resurgence around the globe — thanks in large part to a 37-fold increase in Afghan opium production since 2001, when Canadian soldiers helped the U.S. overthrow the country’s Taliban government. Afghanistan now supplies 92 per cent of the world’s opium.

Increased heroin supply in Canada, Europe and Asia and falling prices of the drug are the little-noticed side-effects of the Western presence in Afghanistan since 2001.

Rise in U.S. prescription drug abuse: Study

AFP September 17, 2010

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans who used illegal drugs or abused prescription medications rose last year to reach its highest level since 2002, a survey released Thursday showed.

Nearly 22 million Americans aged 12 and older used illegal drugs in 2009, a rise of nine percent from 2008, the survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found.

Some seven million Americans older than 12 took prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. The bulk of the abuse of prescription medications involved painkillers, which some 5.3 million Americans used off-label last year — a rise of 20 percent from 2002.

Among teens, the rate of nonmedical prescription painkiller use rose 17 percent year on year, with most youngsters saying they got the meds from friends, family or an unsecured medicine cabinet.

Sixty percent more Americans used methamphetamine in 2009 versus 2008, and three-quarters of a million used ecstasy in 2009, the highest number of users since 2002.

“There is a relationship between economic issues and substance abuse,” she said.

The rate of drug abuse among the unemployed was double that of Americans with full-time jobs — 17 percent versus eight percent.

On a brighter note, cocaine use among 18-25 year olds has fallen by 18 percent since 2007.


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