NICOTINE 430,000 die (3 million world wide) 10 million have diseases $100 billion in health care cost 3,000 youth begin each year 88% start before age 18 #s ^ in 1990s (dwn amg college fresh. 1999) 2/3 have tried to stop
What is the drug of choice for college students?
ALCOHOL 76-90% drink occasionally; 60% consume 2+ per week 10-20% are heavy drinkers (14+ per week) 50 deaths each year at college parties BAC of.4 to.5 = likely death
ELDERLY 2/3 of 65 & older take one drug per day 1/4 take 3+ a day (some take 10+) 2 bil. prescriptions in U.S yearly ($100 b.) Also use of herbs and vitamins is high 4 out of 5 times we self medicate Adv. up- $345mil. (95);$1bil.+ (97)
What do these drugs have in common? In some way, they are all legal and they can all have significant health consequences.
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