The drug addiction epidemic is at an all-time high.
Drug abuse is now a major cause of death among people aged 50 to 64.
The number of people diagnosed with drug addiction each year in the U.S. is more than double that of people who do not use drugs.
According to a report by the American Psychiatric Association, more than half of all U.K. adults report using a drug at some point in their lives, and almost a quarter report using alcohol.
Dr. Paul J. Elam is the chairman of the National Addiction Recovery Advisory Board, a group of psychiatrists and psychologists that advises the government on how to combat drug addiction.
In addition to drug rehab, Elam has called for the decriminalization of marijuana and for mandatory sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders.
“There’s no reason why we can’t treat people who are addicted to opioids with the same kind of care we would give someone who’s addicted to alcohol,” Elam told National Review in 2015.
A new drug test program was launched in California this month, the first of its kind in the nation.
It was created to identify people who have been tested positive for the opioid overdose and other opioids in the state.
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“There are no drugs, there are no prescription drugs, and there are only drugs that are illegal,” Eram said.
Elam added that the tests will help people understand the impact of their behavior, including how they’re affected by the drug’s effects.
And he said it’s important to use a drug test in the right way to identify those who might be struggling with addiction and could benefit from treatment.
“You can’t put an arbitrary number on the scale, but I think it’s very important to do your best to identify individuals who have an opioid problem and you know, the problem of drugs,” Eam said.
“And we have to get to that place where we understand why people use drugs in the first place.”