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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Statistics show that Opiate abuse and Opiate addiction cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars annually including healthcare costs (and abuses of that system), lost job wages, traffic accidents, crime and the associated criminal justice system costs.
For those aged 12 or older, the State percentages ranged from a low of 7.6 percent in Alabama to a high of 12.7 percent in the District of Columbia for past year dependence on or abuse of illegal drugs or alcohol. Nine out of ten States in the top fifth for dependence on or abuse of illegal drugs or alcohol for persons aged 12 or older also were in the top fifth for dependence on or abuse of alcohol alone.
Among adults aged 18 or older with SPD, the rate of binge alcohol use (drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days) was 28.8 percent, higher than the 23.9 percent among adults who did not meet the criteria for SPD. Similarly, the rate of heavy alcohol use (drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion [i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other] on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days) among adults with SPD in the past year was higher (9.4 percent) than the rate reported among adults without SPD in the past year (7.2 percent).
Physical chemical dependency must involve a detoxification process to cope with the withdrawal symptoms from regular drug or alcohol use. Psychological dependency can be addressed by teaching the individual new methods of interacting without using drugs.
In addition to the initial feeling of euphoria, the short-term effects of heroin include a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities.
Amphetamine addiction occurs when a person's abuse escalates to the point that he or she becomes preoccupied with ways to get amphetamines and keep abusing it.