According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the costs of substance abuse and addiction in the United States, including health expenses and costs associated with crime, exceed half a trillion dollars annually. The consequences affect people at all ages, beginning even before birth when infants are sometimes exposed to drugs in the womb. Furthermore, substance abuse can play a roll in family disintegration, school failure, loss of employment, and other societal concerns. Drug Abuse Sourcebook, Third Edition provides updated information about the abuse of illegal substances and the misuse of over the counter and prescription medications. If offers facts about the most commonly abused drugs and discusses the causes and consequences of addiction. Drug abuse treatment options are described, and obstacles to recovery are explained. A section on drug abuse prevention discusses some of the strategies that have been successful in helping people avoid drug related problems. The book concludes with glossaries of drug related terms and directories of resources for additional help and information.
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