Addiction Statistics

Addiction is a devastating family disease that affects millions of families all over the world. It's a public health crisis here in America. Heartache, helplessness, and desperation that addicts and their families experience every single day is part of the aftermath of this disease. 

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ILLICIT DRUG USE IN AMERICA:

  • Per the National Survey on Drug Use & Health (2014), 27 million Americans reported using drugs in the last 30 days.
  • 22.2 million of those were marijuana users, 4.3 million non-medical prescription painkillers aka opiates.
  • 1 in 10 Americans aged 12 or older in the US used illicit drugs in the past month.
  • 1 in 5 young adults (ages 18 - 25) reported using an illicit drug in the last month.
  • Although non-medical painkillers were lower than previous years, heroin use is on the rise. Heroin is typically the next drug of choice for someone addicted to painkillers.
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ALCOHOL USE IN AMERICA:

  • Almost 140 MILLION people reported drinking alcohol within the last month (alcohol use)...that's almost half the country!!
  • Binge alcohol use is defined as 5 or more standard drinks on one occasion at least one day in the last 30 days.
  • 60.9 million people reported binge drinking.
  • Heavy alcohol use is defined as 5 or more standard drinks on one occasion on 5 or more days within the last 30 days.
  • 16.3 million people reported heavy alcohol use.
  • 22.8 % of underage people (ages 12 - 20) were current alcohol users, 13.8% were binge alcohol users, and 3.4% were heavy alcohol users.
  • 11.5% of adolescents (ages 12 - 17) reported drinking alcohol in the last month.
  • 59.6% of young adults (ages 18 - 25) reported drinking alcohol in the last month.
  • 56.5% of adults 26 and over reported drinking alcohol in the last month.
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ADDICTION (SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER):

  • 21.5 million people were diagnosed with a substance use disorder...17 million of them with an alcohol use disorder (alcoholism).
  • 2.6 million people with both alcohol and illicit drug use disorders.
  • In 2013, just under 11% of those who qualify for an addiction diagnosis received treatment...
  • Addiction and it's related costs; lost workplace productivity (in part, due to premature death), health care expenses, law enforcement and other criminal justice costs (drug-related crimes), and losses from motor vehicle crashes; are costing Americans over $400 BILLION...every single year (US Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health 2016).