FLORIDA DRUG AWARENESS SEMINARS
Drug Sweeper offers Drug Awareness seminars taught by addiction professionals. Our staff currently assist law enforcement personnel throughout the State of Florida with crisis intervention in the areas of accidental overdoses, drug awareness, and the concealment of drugs. Our experienced staff can assist your company with drafting or updating a Zero Tolerance Drug Policy. Our team of experts has experience in developing courses for employers to help identify employees who are potentially violating company policy by working under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
We are often asked questions concerning drug use and addiction. We encourage questions, so we can help people understand the implications of drug use and abuse. Research from the National Institute On Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found that marijuana can be addictive. Not everyone who smokes marijuana will become addicted. Addiction depends on a whole host of factors, including frequency of use, genetics, the age at which someone starts using, other types of drugs also used, the status of relationships with family and friends, success in school, and more. Research shows that about 9 percent, or about 1 in 11, of those who use marijuana will become addicted. This rate increases to 17 percent, or about 1 in 6, in people who start in their teens, and increases dramatically to 25 to 50 percent among daily users.
FACTS AROUND OPIOID USE
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014. In 2014, 467,000 adolescents, aged 12 to 17 years, were current nonmedical users of pain relievers, with 168,000 having an addiction to prescription pain relievers. In 2014, an estimated 28,000 adolescents had used heroin in the past year, and an estimated 16,000 were current heroin users. Additionally, an estimated 18,000 adolescents had a heroin use disorder in 2014. These numbers are continuing to grow as the epidemic grows.