Substance use and abuse is a rapidly growing problem in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017. This number has grown in the past three years.
Substance abuse could signify either the use of illegal drugs or misuse of legal substances such as: alcohol, prescription medicines, and other legal substances. Since these substances are easily attainable, it is wise to know what the most abused materials are and how to spot the red flags of use and abuse. Here are a few of the top substances and warning signs that there is a problem.
There is a growing trend in our society in regards to substance abuse. It is the ever-increasing number of prescription drugs that are being misused and abused.
The top prescription medicines that are meant for other uses that are now being used for a quick high include:
The problem with alcohol is that it is widely available and legal to anyone over 21 in most states. It is fairly difficult to know when an individual is drinking too much and too often outside of behaviors and patterns that loved ones may notice and see as a sign (or signs) of abuse. These signs of abuse may include: blacking out, behavioral changes, an inability to stop drinking, becoming increasingly isolated, mood changes and swings, and ignoring responsibilities. For a complete list of signs and red flags check out the Alcohol Rehab Guide.
While a growing number of states have decriminalized and legalized medicinal and recreational use of marijuana, it still can be psychologically addictive and cause problems on the job and at home. In our line of work in the commercial driving industry, marijuana can be just as deadly when used behind the wheel. Driving while high on pot is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heroin abuse is actually on the decline but still a huge problem in our society today. While heroine may give an immediate feeling of a high, it is highly addictive and can be deadly if an overdose occurs. Check out their site for signs of abuse and how to treat a serious heroin addiction.
While there are hundreds of drugs and prescription medicines that can be abused, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out our site on abuse, how to spot it, and education courses that can help.