The escalation in alcohol and drug abuse in the U.S. military has been well-documented over the past decade, but the Defense Department continues to use outmoded strategies for diagnosing, treating and preventing substance abuse among military personnel.
This was the finding of a major new study conducted by the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences. The study calls the current level of substance abuse among troops a “public health crisis.”
The epidemic of abusing prescription drugs is most likely involved in claiming another life now that Whitney Houston has died on February 11, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
A talented singer and actress, she was beloved by millions, but still, with all of her fame and money, she wasn’t able to get the help she needed to avoid a tragic end.
Her death was not a stunning event considering her public troubles with abusing drugs over the years. But at the same time, many were in shock when they heard the news. Although a tragic loss to her family, friends and many fans, hopefully the the notoriety of her passing will help bring more light to the issue of prescription drug abuse.
A new survey conducted by two drug agencies has found that more than 23 million U.S. adults say that they once had an alcohol or drug problem but have overcome it. That means that 10 percent of all Americans over the age of 18 are now in recovering from a substance abuse disorder.
This is a surprisingly high estimate that could indicate that the drug problem in America is more serious than previously believed. It is even more likely that the stigma associated with having a drug or alcohol problem is less.