It is a sad reality that substance abuse can cut lives short. Besides examining statistics about the number of overdoses or suicides due to drugs and alcohol, how can we measure this fact? One way is using a statistical measurement called Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL). We’ve compared the YPLL of substance abuse to Census Data to see what could have been done in all those lost lifetimes. Click here to view the full infographic.
Whether you or someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you have probably noticed certain behaviors. You might be unable to quit using, even though you have tried before. Maybe you’ve started having problems at work, at home or with money — even though those problems don’t seem related to using. You might even be unable to control how much or how frequently you drink or use drugs, or you find yourself preoccupied with using more and more. If these characteristics sound familiar, you may be suffering from addiction or abuse.
There’s a difference between addiction and abuse, however. Although abuse can lead to addiction, it’s not the same as addiction. If you are abusing, you’ve probably used many excuses to explain why drinking or drugs is a problem. No doubt, if you have a loved one who is abusing drugs or alcohol, you’ve probably heard all the excuses in the book.
Every day in America millions of young adults (18-25 years old) use illicit substances, ranging from marijuana, heroin, and cocaine, to hallucinogens and inhalants. This infographic visualizes how often drugs are used daily in the United States and the number of first-time illicit drug users on an average day.
While there is no denying that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that occurs in some children, it is also becoming clear that this medical problem can often be misdiagnosed.
Today, there are more than 6 million boys and girls taking pharmaceutical drugs to address ADHD diagnoses. However, this treatment isn’t always necessary and may be creating widespread economic, sociological and emotional/physical consequences.
Approximately 1 in 5 (or 20%) of children diagnosed with ADHD are misdiagnosed, and do not need ADHD medications.
There are many possible causes behind the misdiagnoses of ADHD in children. Check out the video below to learn more about the statistics surrounding ADHD and its misdiagnosis in America’s children:
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Since the year 2007, there has been a 28% increase in the number of children taking ADHD drugs.