The Effects Of Drug Abuse On The United States

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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the year of 2012. The number of people using heroin for the first time is dramatically high, with 156,000 people starting in 2012, doubling from the year 2009 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2014) Those using heroin are typically adults aged between 18-25 years old. The impact of heroin is felt all over the United States affecting many people. Heroin is identified as one of the most important drug issues, therefore this is a social problem that is becoming typical, and more people are coming across negative health effects due to it. In the United States, there are many negative health effects of syringe drug abusing that are worrisome to the public. Fears such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) are just one of the few. Unlike many virus’s once a person has contracted HIV, they have it for life. HIV will attack T cells in the body which are used to fight off infections; over time HIV can destroy many of these cells leaving the body unable to fight off infections (AIDS, 2016). There is no cure for HIV/AIDS; therefore, once a person is infected with the virus only medication can be used to control it. Symptoms of this virus can be vague, similar to flu like symptoms therefore it can be difficult for one to know they have the virus. Being unaware of the diagnosis can increase the spreading of the HIV virus through sharing syringes. Hepatitis C is another negative
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