It is not uncommon for people to believe that drug use is not their problem. They believe that they live in a bubble and drug users are a sub-culture of society and drug abuse effects a different part of society from their own. They have the image of the drug addict on the street begging for money or walking around aimlessly strung out on drugs. The truth is that almost 3/4 of drug users in America are employed. Truth be told that drug use and drug related crimes are the most serious contributors to social decay.
Drug addiction knows no boundaries. It affects every race, religion, socio-economic group, geographic area and education level. Whether they are aware of it or not, about 45 percent of Americans know somebody with a drug abuse problem.
People who do not or have never used drugs pay every day for other peoples drug use. We pay for police and jails to fight drug-related crime. We pay in health care costs and insurance from illness and death. Employers lose money and productivity due to drug related illness. We pay in our taxes for state-funded rehabilitation and awareness programs.
Drug addicts by nature are selfish. They don’t think about the consequences of their actions. The most important thing to them is getting high no matter how it effects the people and society around them.