Drug abuse and addiction

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Employees who abuse drugs or alcohol are 10 times more likely to miss work, nearly 4 times as likely to be involved in on-the-job accidents and 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim. They are also responsible for 40% of all industrial fatalities, 33% less productivity and generate healthcare costs that are three times as high as other co-workers. (American Council for Drug Education) "Drug abuse can be defined as using a drug in a fashion inconsistent with medical or social norms." Lehne 2009. When I think of drug abuse, I do not think of cancer patients taking medication for their pain however, if the drug is used inconsistent with their physicians orders, this too can be defined as drug abuse. I personally believe that cancer patients should be allowed to self-medicate to their own comfort level. To me, drug abuse is the recreational use of drugs such as heroin or marijuana. Addiction to drugs from repeated use is caused by molecular changes in the brain. Each time it is taken, it can causes changes in the brain that promote further drug use. I believe that we need to figure out a way to better educate people on the principles of addiction regarding drug abuse and perhaps there would be less drug abuse in the world.

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