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    Chapter 2 Drugs in Contemporary Society
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    Prevalence of Drug Use -Nearly every American has used a mind- altering substance  (alcohol, cigarettes, soft  drinks) -About 2 billion prescriptions are dispensed  each year in the United States -American children consumer 90% of the  Ritalin produced worldwide.
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    -Recent Sales of prescription drugs totaled  $85 billion and sales of over-the-counter  drugs totaled $13 billion -More than 500,000 people attended an  emergency room because of use of a  prescribed drug and 200,000 attended an  emergency room because of use of an  over-the-counter painkiller in a recent year
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    Impact of Drug Use and Abuse Binge drinking at American colleges has been  linked to -deaths -weak academic performance -injuries -vandalism -property damage
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    -Alcohol is implicated in 30-90% of all violent crimes,  66% of spousal abuse, 16% of child abuse  incidents. -Nearly 500,000 American die each year from use of  tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs -Drug-related offenses in 1960 were fewer than  30,000 and currently are over 1 million
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    Drugs can lead to  -violent behavior -dependency -mental and physical maladies -strained family relationships -legal problems -financial difficulties -accidents, injuries and death
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    Patterns of Drug Taking Experimental Use: Infrequent use motivated by  curiosity  Social-Recreational Use: Taking drugs to share  pleasurable experiences among friends Circumstantial-Situational Use: Short term use to  relieve stress
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