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Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy:
How does drug addiction treatment help reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases?
Many drug addicts, such as heroin or cocaine addicts and particularly injection drug users, are at increased risk for HIV/AIDS as well as other infectious diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections. For these individuals and the community at large, drug addiction treatment is disease prevention.
Drug injectors who do not enter treatment are up to six times more likely
to become infected with HIV than injectors who enter and remain in treatment.
Drug users who enter and continue in treatment reduce activities that
can spread disease, such as sharing injection equipment and engaging
in unprotected sexual activity. Participation in treatment also presents
opportunities for screening, counseling, and referral for additional
services. The best drug abuse treatment programs provide HIV counseling
and offer HIV testing to their patients.
What is Amphetamine Addiction?
Viewed in some circles as the less-threatening "little brother" of the dangerous and highly addictive crystal meth, amphetamine remains a significant threat to the adolescents and adults who use the drug in misguided attempts to fight off fatigue, enhance concentration, or gain a competitive edge in an athletic event.
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