Alter individual's body chemistry and perception of reality, but drugs have widespread economic and social costs.
murder, child abuse, drowning, rape, assault, suicide, spousal abuse, and traffic fatalities all too often have improper use of controlled substances as a contributing factor.
substance abuse among young adults is specially common. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA, 2007), college students have higher rates of drug dependence than the general public, with 23 % of them classified as a substance dependent.
is specially common and costly in this age group, with about 30% of students meeting the criteria of alcohol abusers.
each year in US among 18-24 year old college students, there are the following alcohol related incidents
1,400 deaths from accidents
Over 600,000 physical assaults
Over 100,000 occasions when students were unsure if they consented to sex
Over 70,000 sexual assaults
400,000 instances of unprotected sex
US consumes a whopping 60 percent of the world's supply of illicit drugs.