Drug Abuse

Main Points

  • Emergency physicians see first-hand the devastating consequences of drug misuse and abuse: every day thousands of people visit emergency departments because of drug overdoses, and every day about 120 of them die.
  • Drug abuse affects every single town and city in this country.
  • Emergency physicians have taken a leadership role in educating the public about drug abuse and it is essential that they be involved in developing policies about this issue.
  • Parents are the first line of defense in preventing teen drug use and abuse.

Drug Abuse Fact Sheet 

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