Also called: Substance abuse
Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse results in around 40 million serious illnesses or injuries among people in the United States. Abused drugs include:
- Anabolic steroids
- Club drugs
- Prescription drugs
Drug abuse also plays a role in many major social problems, such as drugged driving, violence, stress and child abuse. Drug abuse can lead to homelessness, crime and missed work or problems with keeping a job. It harms unborn babies and destroys families. There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But the best is to prevent drug abuse in the first place.
The term “drug overdose” (or simply overdose or OD) describes the ingestion or application of a drug or other substance in quantities greater than are recommended or generally practised. An overdose is widely considered harmful and dangerous as it can result in death.
RFH sought out the community written advice of Wikipedia for drug overdoses because all of us have experienced someone OD’ing. We all know what it is and the warning signs of overdose. Throwing up blood, uncontrollable shaking, losing consciousness, and (scarily) stopping breathing all require immediate attention. Whether it was that kid down the hall who drank too much the first weekend of college or the band member who did too much coke, there has been a life-or-death situation in all of our lives.
IF YOU SEE OR EVEN THINK SOMEONE MAY HAVE OVERDOSED DO NOT WAIT TO CALL MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS. DIAL 9-1-1. THREE DIGITS CAN SAVE A LIFE!