The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

Drug abuse and addiction are continually growing concerns in California and the nation. The Trust for America’s Health lists prescription drug abuse as a top public health concern and reveals that “drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths in 29 states,” and, “abuse of prescription drugs costs the country an estimated $53.4 billion a year” (Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic”). No matter the substance used, drug abuse is dangerous to users and costly to the public.

Changing Drug Use Trends

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that “while the use of traditional drugs such as heroin and cocaine seems to be declining in some parts of the world, prescription drug abuse and new psychoactive substance abuse is growing” (“2013 World Drug Report: stability in use of traditional drugs, alarming rise in new psychoactive substances”). Californians should be aware that substances such as spice and bath salts are available legally, as their altered chemical structures allow them to be produced faster than regulations can be put in place to control their sale. Abuse of these substances has increased over 50 percent since 2010, and, “For the first time, the number of [new psychoactive structures] exceeded the total number of substances under international control.” The availability of these designer drugs poses new health threats to California residents and increases the likelihood of addiction.

Polydrug Use

Determining the most abused drug is difficult, as users frequently combine multiple drugs. Drugabuse.gov reports that seven out of ten teens that abuse prescription drugs mix these drugs with other substances such as marijuana, alcohol, and cocaine, and 24% of teens always mix prescription drugs with marijuana (“Teens Mix Prescription Opioids with Other Substances,” 2013). Mixing drugs leads to greater health threats, increased addiction rates, and more complicated recovery efforts for California residents. The outcomes of polydrug use cannot be predicted, and this can have serious or life-threatening results that Californians should consider seriously.

Help for Substance Abuse

No matter what substance or substances you use, you can put an end to dependence and addiction. Call our toll-free helpline to learn about your options. We are here 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment options that understand your addiction and unique situation. No two addiction stories are the same, so let us find the personalized recovery path that will work for you.

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