hi everyone,today i am look on the impacts of drugs in the society.
Substance addiction has acute impact not only on the individual, but those closest to them, and society as a whole. In the United States alone, substance addictions cost the government over 200 billion each year. These costs can be attributed to crime, disease, accidents, domestic violence, abuse, job loss, and homelessness. It is said that substance use causes one in four deaths and results in many economic and social consequences.
1.lose of family.
Families of those caught in the downward spiral of addiction go through a lot. Oftentimes, they are subjected to domestic violence, abuse, and financial struggles. Children in this type of environment are at risk for begin removed from the home and placed into state custody. The cost of putting children into state custody is approximately 1 billion USD each year.
2.over packed institution
Public health systems are very overworked. In 2008, 15% of all patients admitted to hospitals had a substance addiction. Nearly 25% of money spent by Medicare is on inpatient treatment that is directly related to substance addiction.
It is well known that truck drivers, public transportation drivers, and even medical personnel have substance addictions. There have been several accidents that are the fault of a driver who was under the influence at the time of incident. This not only causes injuries and death, but also enormous damage costs.
A large amount of crime can be attributed to substance addictions. This is because many addicts are trying to acquire money to purchase their substance of choice. When a purchase goes wrong they will need more money and violence normally occurs during these situations. Half of all the individuals arrested for a serious crime, such as, murder, robbery, and attack, were under the influence of an addictive, and usually illegal, substance. Society then must pick up the cost for the law enforcement, court, and imprisonment.
The environmental impact of substances is mainly the result of outdoor marijuana cultivation and methamphetamine production. The chemicals that are used to produce meth are burnable and dangerous. Many times, these chemicals are stored improperly, causing fire and outbreak at labs.
The process used to make meth creates between 5 and 7 pounds of waste per pound of meth; this waste is commonly rejected into streams, forests, and the sewers. It costs approximately 3,500-5,000 USD to clean up one meth lab or dumpsite.