Unemployment is something that many people face each and every day. It is a struggle to get by and unfortunately, lack of employment only increases the risk of drug abuse and addiction. 18.1% of people who are considered unemployed use drugs, which is more than double the drug user population among those who do have a job. Only adding fuel to the fire, the recession of 2008 increased drug use among young adults who were now facing unemployment. Marijuana and drug use in this age group grew over 1% between 2008 and 2009, which also saw a 6.7% increase in unemployment, putting these job seekers at risk of falling into the vicious cycle that drug use and unemployment creates. With unemployment jumping at a high rate, such as that in 2008, other factors come into play, as well. For instance, a 1% rise in unemployment increases alcohol abuse by 17% and drunk driving by a whopping 35%, putting even more people into harm`s way.

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