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According to a recent survey, 3.6 million Americans are habitual cocaine users and more than 33 million are regular binge drinkers. More Americans have died in drunken driving accidents than in all the wars the US has been involved in since the nation was founded. Tobacco kills 430,000 Americans every year. The abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise. Despite these dire statistics, there are signs of hope: much is being done to prevent and treat drug abuse.
Education and prevention programs, especially those focused on children, are starting to influence behavior, so that drug use rates among teens have leveled off. Groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) have raised awareness and opened communication, making drunk driving more of a taboo, so that the number of drunk driving deaths overall has been dropping. Needle-exchange programs, while controversial, work to lower rates of HIV transmission, and drug treatment programs helping many addicts reclaim their lives.
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|Sheri Ann Richerson|