Did You Know? The number of teens who died from a drug overdose rose 20% in 2015.
After years of decline, teen drug overdose deaths are once again on the rise. Why this sudden change? The opioid epidemic plays a major role in this staggering statistic, as a majority of people who are addicted to opioids begin using before the age of 18. Combined with unprecedented levels of depression and anxiety, the widespread misuse of prescription drugs, and the ease of access of other illicit substances has become a major problem for today's youth.
Source: The National Center for Health Statistics
Get The FAQs Answers to Your Most Common Questions About Drugs
With narcotic medication, there is always the possibility of developing a dependency. Whether you get addicted to the drug depends on certain factors, including genetics, the type of drug, and how long you take it. If you are concerned about developing a dependency for a drug you have or will be prescribed, talk to your doctor.
You can still become addicted to drugs, even if you only use every once in a while. This is because drugs literally change the chemistry of your brain, causing it to want more and more of the drug until you become a habitual user. No one sets out to become a drug addict—it's a slippery slope that starts with the first try.
Every person and every body is different. It's possible to suffer serious health consequences after one drug use because most people don't take into account weight, tolerance, medications, and other factors that affect how your body responds to a drug. In addition to the enormous potential for overdose, even one use of drugs can change the chemistry of your brain—a potential first step in the path to addiction.
Drug & Alcohol Treatment in and around Prosser, Washington
If you or someone you know is in need of treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse, please contact one of the following organizations.