Abusing illicit drugs has created a heavy damage to youths and adults in US. Teens aged 12-17 are mainly affected by the drug abuse problem. Premature mortality, illness, injury leading to incapacitation, and imprisonment are major risks of drug abuse. All these risks directly reduce the national productivity and growth.
There is a huge loss of productivity by drug mortality. Public finance is collected to serve the society in better way but, drug abuse cases forced to spent money on health care and criminal justice. This amount of money could be useful for other policy initiatives. In 2005, 26,858 deaths occurred due to the drug abuse.
Health related productivity loses were also occurred by the drug addiction. Because of drug addiction an individual will be admitted to a hospital for drug treatment. This implies that he will be removed from the labor force. According to TEDS 1.8 million cases were in 2007 because of illicit drug uses.
Health-related productivity losses are getting larger when lost productivity is associated with drug-related hospital admissions. According to NADT (National Drug Threat Assessment) report, 620,000 workforces from state, local correctional and federal facilities are incarcerated on drug-related charges. Thus it makes loss in two ways: first by spending extra money to put them in bar and second they are become non-productive.
Thus, drug abuse is the severe problem for society development and it roots to failure, loss, and un-development of coming generation. It should be banned and should not be addict by any adductor. Then only, a society can move to the path of progress.