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Drug Abuse Drug abuse is a huge problem in the United States The amount of people using drugs is increasing drastically with people starting or trying illegal substancesat a younger age Drug abuse is the over use of legal and illegal substances The abuse of drugs is the number one health related problem Ericson According to a survey on drug abuse in 1998 showed that 78 million Americans older then the age of eleven have used an illegal drug The same survey was conducted in 2000 and there were about 87 million Americans over the age of eleven that have used an illegal drug That is 9 million people increase in just two years The Drug Abuse Warning Network DAWN had said there were 527058 drug problems in hospitals in 1997 In three years the amount of drug problems in hospitals increased to 601776 Statistics say men use drugs more than women do in the United States As the years pass the percentage of women using drugs is increasing faster than the percentage of men using drugs each year Which means the amount of men using drugs is staying around the same and women are using drugs more than they were before in the past The youth of the United States are starting drugs younger and younger every year Students are most likely to experiment with drugs in middle school This is because they want to fit in or because of peer pressure In high school peer pressure isnt as strong and most people just lay off and let their peers do their own thing Kids in high school use drugs to temporarily leave behind all their problems for however long the feeling can last Before people knew the negatives of drugs companies used to put them in their products For example Coca Cola The company used to put cocaine in their drink before that
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