Substance Abuse And The Addicted Population Essay

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Substance Abuse and the Addicted Population
Patrick Whisnant & Derick Matherne
Southeastern Louisiana University
Nursing 482-91I

Substance abuse is a major issue that affects many individuals around the country. According to the Community Catalyst Organization’s website, “About 23 million Americans suffer from alcohol and drug addiction, but only about 11 percent get the treatment they need”(Ough, 2014). Not only does it affect a large majority of the population but many of these individuals also do not have the resources to consistently receive appropriate medical services. Before the Affordable Care Act was put in place, uninsured individuals had little to no way of accessing health care. In fact before the Act was done, “only about 40 percent of adults’ ages 22–64 report that their substance abuse treatment was paid for by insurance, including Medicaid. About one-third either pay out of pocket or receive services free; the rest rely on other sources of payment” (J. Buck, 2011). This lack of health care insurance, in turn, causes a very high level of chronic health conditions and even death in this specific population. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse website, “There are more deaths, illness, and disabilities from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Today, one in four deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use” (Medical Consequences, 2012). This shows the need for expansion or provision in the…

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