It is still a mystery what causes drug addiction. At its simplest understanding experimenting with drugs can lead to addiction, but what is the difference between a recreational drug user and an addict? One can stop and one cannot. Why is it that one has the ability to stop using or ‘use responsibly’ and the other cannot stop or is unable to regulate their drug use? New studies have provided more insight to the problem of drugs and their effects on the body and mind. It is understood that stress, anxiety, depression and other common issues can contribute to an addiction, but the actual cause (if there is one) is unknown. Either way, addiction is a problem of supply and demand. If no one wanted drugs, then there would be no profit and therefore no drugs. If there was not a supply of drugs, regardless of demand, there would not be any drugs. In either case, no drugs. In reality, there are drugs and there is a demand. Chicken or the egg type scenario.
Supply and Demand of Drugs
There are two things that are clearly factual and relevant in terms of drugs in today’s society; there are plenty of drugs available and a hefty demand. Both of the sides of this basic economic formula are driving the drug use, abuse, and addiction problem in the United States. The current situation is as bad as it gets. Historically, it is one of the worst periods in the country. More and more young adults are being guided towards as path of drug abuse and addiction. The society we have created almost encourages this type of addictive behavior. It would seem as though one must be medicated just to exist in this crazy, fast-paced world. Still, drugs are flowing into society both legally and illegally. People want and crave drugs more and more every day.
The first part of this ‘economics of drug issues’ is the fact that there are plenty of drugs available to anyone who wants them. The number of prescriptions written for Americans has skyrocketed in the last 25 years. More and more people are being granted to a great number of legal drugs to use and abuse. According to drugabuse.gov, the amount of prescriptions written in 1991 has increased from 76 million to 207 million in 2013. That is over three years in the past, patterns suggest that this number is much greater now. In addition to this great increase, the drugs are much stronger and prescribed for extended periods of time. Speak to any physician and they will tell you that prescription medications, especially painkillers, should only be consumed for a short period. To add to this issue is the great number of illegal drugs flooding the streets to fill the void created by prescription drug cost and availability, although there are readily available.
The second part of the ‘economics of drug issues’ is the fact that demand for drugs is still very high. This is a result of an issue that was just touched upon. This generation of Americans is more heavily prescribed than any other in history. They take powerful medications for every little issue that they may or may not be experiencing. The side effects of these drugs are leading them on a path to substance abuse and addiction. In conclusion, they now have high tolerances and a ‘taste’ for the euphoria or ‘retreat’ that these drugs provide. Sadly, the jump from prescription opioids to fentanyl and heroin is not so much a jump, but a short step. Drugs addiction is an issue of both supply and demand that must be addressed in both respects. For more information, visit our site or by phone at1 (877) 411-7376 for help with any drug related issues.