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Chapter 18: Substance Misuse and Abuse Introduction  Substance abuse and misuse cost the United States billions of dollars annually in medical care, insurance and loss of productivity.  Even more important, however, are the lives lost or permanently impaired each year from injuries or medical emergencies related to substance abuse or misuse. 2 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITION Copyright © 2005 by The American National Red Cross All rights reserved. Int
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  Chapter 18: Substance Misuseand Abuse    2 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITIONCopyright © 2005 by The American National Red CrossAll rights reserved. Introduction  Substance abuse and misuse cost the United States billionsof dollars annually in medical care, insurance and loss of productivity.  Even more important, however, are the lives lost orpermanently impaired each year from injuries or medicalemergencies related to substance abuse or misuse.  3 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITIONCopyright © 2005 by The American National Red CrossAll rights reserved. Introduction (continued)  Legal substances are among those most often misused or abused.  Such legal substances include—   Nicotine (found in tobacco products).  Alcohol (found in beer, wine and liquor).  Over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, sleeping pillsand diet pills.  4 AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID–RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES FOURTH EDITIONCopyright © 2005 by The American National Red CrossAll rights reserved.  According to the National Vital Statistics Reports, over 40,000Americans died as a result of drug- or alcohol-induced deathsin 2001.   Introduction (continued)
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