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Substance Abuse And Society


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PSY492 UC Power Point Module 7 Assignment 2

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Substance Abuse And Society

  1. 1. By: Joline Milliser<br />Positive & Negative Effects of Substance Abuse<br />
  2. 2. The answer is “yes” and “no”. <br />“YES” Abusing substances make us more prone for accidents which causes us to be a threat to society.<br />“NO” Purchasing substances impacts both the federal and local economy in a positive way.<br />“YES” Abusing substance is a health risk causing higher birth defects, lower quality of life, and a higher death rate.<br />“NO” Millions of dollars are spent each year on drug enforcement efforts.<br />Does substance abuse have a negative influence on our society?<br />
  3. 3. Everyone.<br />Individuals from all economic statuses suffer from addiction.<br />Elderly individuals are more susceptible to substance abuse because their age group has a higher rate for depression and terminal illness. <br />Adolescents are very susceptible because it has been shown that those who abuse substances in adolescence continue throughout their life.<br />67% out of 1,000 human resource professionals have stated that substance abuse is one of the most serious problems in the workplace. (Bouchard, 2007) <br />Who is abusing substances in our society?<br />
  4. 4. Substance Abuse and American Families Today<br />Addiction knows no demographic boundaries and touches all sectors of society.<br />22.6 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol. (Source: SAMHSA, NSDUH,<br />2006).<br />This is the single greatest preventable health problem in the United States. (Source:<br />Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)<br />There are 35 million American families with children at risk of abusing drugs and<br />alcohol. (Source: U.S. Census 2000, parents with children ages 9 -17)<br />In 2004, 14-1/2 was the average age when teens first used an illegal drug. (Source:<br />NSDUH 2005 report)<br />Kids who learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent<br />less likely to use drugs, yet only 31 percent report learning a lot from their parents.<br />(Source: Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, 2005)<br />Three quarters of teens/young adults (ages 13-24) surveyed said their parents make<br />them happy and almost half, when asked to name their hero, named their parents.<br />And when asked the open-ended question “What one thing in life makes you most<br />happy,” 46 percent cited spending time with family members and friends. (MTV<br />Survey, 2007)<br />
  5. 5. Health treatments for those who have abused substances and are affected by health conditions can take away from state-funded healthcare programs like Medicaid.<br />Selling drugs helps the local and federal economy because the buyers are everyday people who pay taxes. They put their money in the dealer’s pocket, the dealer makes profit and pays their rent, for gas, etc. It’s a vicious circle, but it does benefit our society in an economic perspective.<br />How substance abuse effects our federal and local economies<br />
  6. 6. A video on the local marijuana trade in Mendocino County, California:<br />The Emerald Triangle<br />
  7. 7. Children who are exposed to harmful substances while in utero are more likely to have serious health risks, to be still born, and to become substance abusers later in life.<br />This effects our society because children who are born with health problems are less likely to succeed and their families are usually burdened with physician costs which in turn drags down our society. <br />Children who are born with physical and mental defects due to substance abuse exposure in utero start life without a fair advantage. <br />Prenatal Exposure to Substance Abuse<br />
  8. 8. According to Bouchard (2007), “67% out of 1,000 human resource professionals have stated that substance abuse is one of the most serious problems in the workplace.”<br />More dangerous jobs need to have a better method of drug screening.<br />Drugs in the workplace can be a safety hazard.<br />Drug distribution can cause coworkers to go against each other and be unproductive.<br />It is the manager’s responsibility to notice any employee who may be under the influence on their shift.<br />Substance Abuse at the Workplace<br />
  9. 9. Substance abuse brings out the worst in people, especially parents.<br />Parents who have an addiction may not be able to feed their child because they are spending all their money on their addiction.<br />Drugs can have negative side-effects like rage & depression. Children often get caught in the wrath of their parent’s withdrawal symptoms.<br />How Substance Abuse Relates to Child Abuse<br />
  10. 10. It is important that we as a society understand that substance abuse is all around us. <br />Some of us are aware of the prevalence of substance abuse, but we consider it a “normal” part of life.<br />Abusing controlled substances inhibits us from being able to be a pro-active part of society.<br />The Relevance of Substance Abuse Awareness<br />
  11. 11. THE END<br />
  12. 12. Bouchard, Jim. (2007) Substance Abuse at Work: Addiction and Substance Abuse Are Most Serious Unaddressed Workplace Issues. Retrieved October 23, 2009 from<br />Regan, Trish. (2009) Marijuana Growers Thrive in California: Cash Crop Now Accounts For Two-Thirds of Mendocino County Economy. Retrieved October 23, 2009 from<br />References:<br />