A report released by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2017, revealed that almost 20 million American adults were suffering from some form of drug dependence. For the same year, at least 1 in 8 people were struggling with a combined drug and alcohol disorder.
An astonishing 1 in 25 individuals aged 12 to 17 years, were found to have a substance use disorder in 2017.
It is costing $137 billion in federal tax annually in healthcare expense to assist those suffering from illicit, prescription and alcohol abuse disorders.
With numbers for children and adults abusing and dependent on drugs, alcohol and prescriptions, it is becoming increasingly important to invest in addiction support and healthcare services accessible to all.