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.
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.
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.
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).