Drug abuse across the nation is a widely spreading epidemic, the effects of which are seen in every aspect of our society. With the advent of new and unconventional synthetic drugs available to all-ages, and prescription drug abuse on the rise as well, it’s no wonder we see stats of drug use up as jobs go away.
The U.S. economic depression of the past several years is, in many ways, related to the issue of drug and alcohol abuse. The largest consumer of illicit drugs in the world is the United States. Currently there are over 20 million Americans abusing drugs, some beginning as early as the age of 12. In 2005, total state and federal government spending on illegal drug and alcohol-related expenditures reached an estimated $468 billion. This breaks down to hospitals and rehab program costs, law enforcement expenses (including incarceration) and criminal justice expenses.
Further, one has to take into consideration the effect that drug use has on American small businesses. Lost productivity, wages, employees and damages related to illegal drug abuse amounts to billions lost in businesses—small and large—each year. With these extensive amounts of financial loss on the levels of government and individual business owners, it becomes very clear why drug use continues to be on the rise while jobs and unemployment remain in the gutter.
The Other Side To The Theory
This theory has another side to it, however. The issues of unemployment and drug abuse effect each other in marked ways so it is almost a question similar to the “chicken or the egg” theory. The issue of drug use up as jobs go away further spirals out of control when those who cannot find a job encounter life stress and turn to doctors in search of relief. The jobless either find the relief they seek in a psychotropic (and highly addictive) prescription, or they turn to the streets for the high they seek.
In 2011, the American recession caused historic unemployment nationwide. The unemployed, stressed and overwhelmed, often turn to drugs and alcohol to help them cope with the struggle of everyday life. The government also, by “necessity,” made cuts to almost every social program in existence. Cuts included state-funded drug and alcohol treatment centers that, already full to the brim and perhaps even needing a strategic makeover, now are able to take less on less cases. State-funded centers tend to be overwhelmed and lack the resources to fully handle drug problems on an individual level. This forces programs to lean on the “replacement drug therapy” method, which leads to further addiction.
Replacement drug therapy utilizes prescription drugs to substitute the illegal drug addiction to a more manageable pill-form. This unfortunately returns addicts to their homes and communities with a different addiction, but an addiction nonetheless. The mental effects of prescription drugs and street drugs makes many potential employees un-hirable—even if simply because they cannot pass a drug test, not to mention their mental incapacity and sluggishness.
To Summarize The Problem And The Solution
The U.S. drug problem takes a massive toll on our nation’s economy and job market. With drug use up and jobs go away, perhaps this will force our nation’s leaders to more logically allocate funds so that we stop wasting and losing so many of our financial resources to this destructive epidemic.
The solution is to get those addicted good help through Narconon drug rehabilitation, provide education in the workforce and enforce sobriety on the job.
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