In today's fast-paced society, we are the witnesses of a very unusual phenomenon. People are consuming drugs at a rate never before realized. Stimulant drugs are being taken to keep the individual going during the day. Depressant drugs are being ingested to help the individual bury his anxieties. Drugs have been developed for practically every form of illness, whether organic or psychological. The majority of people who do use the various kinds of legend drugs do so legally, under a physician's supervision. There is am growing minority, however, who abuse drugs to the extent that these individuals become what is currently known as drug-dependent. This situation presents a clear and existing danger. The problem of drug abuse is not confined to slum or ghetto communities, but is also a part of suburbia and more well-to-do societies.
Paul A. Lichtman,
Rehabilitation of Drug-Dependent Persons,
21 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol21/iss3/10