Summary: Assessing Special Populations

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Assessing Special Populations “In the United States, 14 million individuals age 12 and over report current use of an illicit drug, with 10% of youth age 12 to 17 reporting illicit drug use in the past 30 days” (Rowe & Liddle, 2003, p. 97). Substance abuse costs the Unites States over 100 billion dollars each year in health and crime cost. According to Rowe & Liddle (2003), parenting practices including low monitoring, ineffective discipline, and poor communication are important factors in the initiation and maintenance of drug abuse problems among youth (p. 97). In adulthood, substance abuse is also influenced by family and friends. Some people can use recreational or prescription drugs without experiencing consequences or addiction. There are others, who experience problems in their home, work, school, and relationships that leave them feeling isolated, helpless, or ashamed. “The majority of first time drug users try drugs out…show more content…
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