The Cost of Drug Addiction

The Cost of Drug Addiction


Hi I’m Elora Murray at Fusion 360 Studios
reporting for Miramar News Network. The effects of drug abuse can be catastrophic. An addict
can be hurt physically, mentally, emotionally and more often than not, financially. In the
past decade drug addicts in America spent about 100 billion dollars on drugs each year.Furthermore, a drug addict can’t afford basic things like groceries, rent and clothing.And it’s
quite common for drug addicts to steal money from family and friends to support their addiction.
A recent NIDA survey shows substance abuse costs our nation about 600 billion dollars
a year.In 2010 about 28 billion dollars was spent on cocaine alone.In 2011 an Oxycontin
addict spent 50-80 dollars for a single tablet of said drug.In addition, a heroin addict can
spend 150-200 dollars a day to maintain their habit.And, on average, a gram of meth will
cost 80 dollars.That’s all the news we have time for today. I’m Elora Murray with the
Miramar News Network. Thanks for joining us.

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