Authored by U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
The abuse of drugs is not a harmless personal
decision: there are real, long-lasting, and
devastating outcomes for those who abuse
drugs and for their families, friends, and communities. And for some, the outcome may be lethal.
With the knowledge contained in this edition, you can make smart choices for yourself, and help others avoid the tragedy that inevitably comes from drug abuse and addiction. Whether you purchase drugs from a pharmacy, or you get them from a friend, knowing the truth about them will help you understand the dangers they pose.
Measured in American lives, health, safety, and
resources, this cost is enormous:
¯ More young Americans die from drugs than
suicides, firearms, or school violence;
¯ The use of illicit drugs, and the non-medical use of prescription drugs, directly led to the death of 38,000 Americans in 2006, nearly as many who died in automobile accidents;
¯ The only disease that affects more people than
substance abuse in America today is heart disease;
¯ Substance abuse is the single largest contributor to crime in the United States;
¯ In the latest year measured, the direct cost of drug abuse was estimated at $52 billion, with indirect costs of $128 billion.
I believe none of this is necessary, and that with accurate, honest information about drugs, more Americans will make the right choices. Drugs of Abuse is designed to be a reliable resource on the most popularly abused drugs. This publication delivers clear, scientific information about drugs in a factual, straightforward way, combined with scores of precise photographs shot to scale. We believe that Drugs of Abuse fulfills an important educational need in our society.
Around the world and across the nation, the dedicated men and women of the DEA are working hard to investigate and arrest the traffickers of dangerous drugs, such as those described here. They help keep our schools and neighborhoods safe and secure. But just as important, they are working hard to educate America’s youth, their parents, and their teachers about the very real dangers of illegal drugs. Drugs of Abuse is an important step in that direction.
Jan 11 2015
1506192424 / 9781506192420
US Trade Paper
8.5″ x 11″
Black and White
Reference / Handbooks & Manuals