No one wants to get an STD or an STI or any kind of infectious disease for that matter. In Peoria, Illinois, where infectious diseases are more common than the national average, it is now more important than ever to be careful to avoid such diseases says Drug Rehab Peoria.
Another reason to stay away from drug abuse has surfaced, and that is that towns and cities like Peoria have noticed that there is a very interesting similarity between substance abuse and the spreading of diseases. The two go hand in hand. In fact, the following diseases are most often spread in the United States by drug use:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Tuberculosis (TB)
Statistics on the Drugs
To shed some more light on the prevalence and the statistics that go along with the above four drugs, some facts and statistics have been listed below on them. These serve to make it even more plainly clear why people should steer clear from these drugs in general:
- Sadly, the overall number of persons who had a heroin dependence or abuse problem in the year of 2013 (517,000) was similar to the numbers in 2009 to 2012 (ranging from 361,000 to 467,000), but it was higher than the numbers in 2002 to 2008 (ranging from 189,000 to 324,000), and it was much lower than the numbers in 2015, (over 1,000,000).
- The number and overall percentage of persons of the age of 12 or older who were current heroin users in the year of 2013 (289,000 or 0.1 percent) were similar to those in the years of 2008 to 2012 (ranging from 193,000 to 335,000 or 0.1 percent for all 4 years). The number of current heroin users in 2013 was actually much higher than the number of users in the years of 2002 to 2005 (ranging from 119,000 to 166,000). Heroin has been jumping and increasing in popularity very fast. The total number of persons aged 12 or older who were past year heroin users in the year of 2013 also was higher than the numbers in 2002 to 2005, 2007, and 2008 (ranging from 314,000 to 455,000).
- In the year of 2013, about 7.1 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 were current users of marijuana, 2.2 percent were current non-medical users of psychotherapeutic drugs, (including about 1.7 percent of this age group who were current non-medical users of pain relievers), 0.6 percent were current users of hallucinogens, 0.5 percent were current users of inhalants, 0.2 percent were current users of cocaine, and 0.1 percent were current users of heroin.
- The number and overall percentage of persons of the age of 12 or older who were current users of methamphetamine in the year of 2013, (595,000 or 0.2 percent), were similar to those in 2012 (440,000 or 0.2 percent) and 2011 (439,000 or 0.2 percent). However, the estimates in 2013 were higher than those in the year of 2010, (353,000 or 0.1 percent total). Meth has been growing in popularity over the years, especially with the young adult population.
When one sees the numbers of addicts and the sheer severity of addiction to these drugs and when one sees the fact that the abuse of such drugs also leads to diseases, it becomes pretty clear that such substances need to be avoided. If they are avoided and if they are avoided like the plague by all who live in Peoria, then the city can finally begin to address this issue and recover from it.