According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014.
Over 7,000 people are sent to hospital emergency rooms a day (American Addiction Centers).
Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care (www.drugabuse.gov).
Almost 80 percent of individuals suffering from a substance use disorder in 2014 struggled with an alcohol use disorder, NSDUH
Over 7 million Americans in 2014 battled a drug use disorder, per NSDUH.
One out of every eight people who suffered from a drug use disorder in 2014, according to NSUDH, struggled with both alcohol and drug use disorders simultaneously.
Drug abuse and addiction cost American society close to $200 billion in healthcare, criminal justice, legal, and lost workplace production/participation costs in 2007, the Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) reports.
Research from The Rand Corporation shows that people in the United States spend approximately $100 billion annually on cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamines.
Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a rise of around 10 percent. Theses overdose deaths have been so steep that they have contributed to reductions in the country’s life expectancy over the last three years. Life expectancy at birth has fallen by nearly four months, and drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for adults under 55 (Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017, New York Times. Accessed August 15, 2018).
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