The use and abuse of drugs is a very serious problem for many people in California and throughout the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, illicit drug use continued to increase in 2012 and shows no signs of slowing down. Approximately 23.9 million Americans over the age of 12 used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication. Drug abuse is associated with financial problems, lost jobs, family disruptions, domestic violence, failure in school, child abuse, and crime.
Because drug abuse affects society as a whole rather than just the person using drugs, it has become one of the most complex and costly public health issues in the United States...Read More