ThinkDrug use doesn’t hurt anyone? Think twice.

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At times, it seems hard to visualize the damage caused by drug use—We can easily realize some of its effects, specially those caused by drug addiction, but there’s a whole lot more associated with it.

Struggling families, the medical system, the environment, innocent kids caught in the crossfire, drivers killed or injured by those under its influence, babies found in Meth labs, their toys covered with chemicals, victims of terrorists, whose acts are financed with drug profits.Over 26,000 man and women died from drug-induced causes in the United States in 2002, seven times more than those killed in the September 11 attacks.

Over 26,000 man and women died from drug-induced causes in the United States in 2002, seven times more than those killed in the September 11 attacks.Direct costs, includes drug treatment, health care, drug health treatment, care, cost of goods and services lost to crime, law enforcement, incarceration, and judicial system fees.

Direct costs, includes drug treatment, health care, drug health treatment, care, cost of goods and services lost to crime, law enforcement, incarceration, and judicial system fees.Indirect costs are those due to the loss of productivity from death, human suffering, drug abuse-related illnesses, victims of crime, etc. Most people affected by drugs aren’t users but the entire society pays its price.

Indirect costs are those due to the loss of productivity from death, human suffering, drug abuse-related illnesses, victims of crime, etc. Most people affected by drugs aren’t users but the entire society pays its price.When people choose to use it, they are not just hurting themselves. Drug use isn’t a victimless crime, although many people want you to believe that

When people choose to use it, they are not just hurting themselves. Drug use isn’t a victimless crime, although many people want you to believe that.

Where do you think the money for a bag of marijuana goes? Or for a kilo of heroin? Or a gram of cocaine? Where do you think the chemicals used in meth labs go once they are discarded?

Where do they take the babies whose parents get sent to prison for manufacturing?

Who pays for the care of these children? And what about you ? Do you mind sharing the road with a drugged driver? Do you want your little sister or brother riding on a school bus while the driver’s high on drugs?

Think about it

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DON’T FIGHT ALONE

IDPF’s approach contains a three level solution for drug use, it covers education and prevention, specially within the school system, treatment and rehabilitation.