Substance Abuse Essay

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Directly or indirectly everyone at some point in time has been or will be affected by substance abuse. Substance abuse is the abuse of any substance. This includes everything from Tylenol to heroin, even coffee. The two main substances being abused in our nation are nicotine and alcohol. Substance abuse is our nation's number one health problem, responsible for half a million preventable deaths each year. These two things create major addictions and cost our taxpayers millions of dollars every year. I chose substance abuse because I feel that it is one of the nation's largest overlooked problems. Yes, people are aware of the problem, but have they gotten any closer to solving it? I do feel that illegal drugs are a growing problem, but I am focusing mainly on alcohol and tobacco because they are what mainly effect my life. Obviously, eliminated alcohol and tobacco is definitely out of the question, but it would be nice to increase awareness on the serious issue of substance abuse. That is why I think that it is valuable to learn, acknowledge, and use the term- moderation. Obviously, the activists and congressmen know people will always use these substances, available or not, but they are looking for ways to eliminate the abuse of these substances. I am going to explain the problems caused by the abuse of drugs, the externalities, some possible solutions, and my opinion. I have done much of my research through the Internet. I have read many statistics that contain a lot of facts and numbers. Some information even came out of President Clinton's public addresses. Alcohol is easily connected with the law because it is so frequently violated. Many groups do lobbying to congress to pass bills to eliminate the problem. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a repot to congress explaining how substances effect a person, which, in turn, affects the

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