While we typically associate substance abuse with alcohol or hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin, many in San Diego and elsewhere suffer from substance use disorders because of perfectly legal drugs. Ambien and other sleeping aids in particular are frequently misused, leading to the need for treatment in drug rehab centers. In some cases when treatment is not sought out, there can be serious negative side effects that result from the abuse of these drugs. The following infographic takes a look at just a few of the dangers that come from the abuse of Ambien and other sleeping drugs.
Although legal for those 21 and older, alcohol is the most widely abused addictive substance in the United States. In fact, 1 in every 12