The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found that 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017.
Almost 74 percent of adults suffering from a substance use disorder in 2017 also battled with an alcohol use disorder.
Nearly 38 percent of adults battled an illicit drug use disorder in 2017.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the financial costs of substance abuse exceed $600 billion annually when healthcare, crime, incarceration, and lost productivity are all factored in.
Drug addiction is the leading cause of youth crime.
Drug addiction is the leading factor in youth suicide.
One out of every five students aged 12-17 whose average grades are “D” or lower have used marijuana within the past month.
Students who started drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to abuse or become dependent on alcohol than those who waited until they were 21.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports that, compared to men, women are more likely to be prescribed opioid painkillers, be given higher doses, use opioids for a longer period of time and become dependent more quickly.
Nearly 50,000 Americans died because of prescription opioid overdoses in 2016.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that people with substance abuse disorders also frequently struggle with mental illness, and vice versa.
Nearly 30 percent of people with a mental illness also have a substance abuse problem.
More than 36 percent of individuals with an alcohol addiction have a mental illness.
People addicted to drugs are at twice the risk of developing depression.
Bipolar disorder patients are five times more likely to abuse alcohol or drugs.
Alcohol and drug abuse doubles the risk of dementia.
The American Heart Association calls cocaine the “perfect heart attack drug.”
Many alcoholics suffer from pancreatitis, and one-third of those will develop Type II diabetes.
The FADAA estimates that 12 percent of American children under the age of 18 live with a parent who has abused alcohol or drugs within the past year.
In some states, parental substance abuse accounted for more than 60 percent of children removed from their homes and placed in foster care system.
Children of parents who drink will themselves become drinkers 82 percent of the time.
The National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence found that children with parents who are substance abusers are three times as likely to be abused and four times as likely to be neglected as other children.
Two-thirds of those in drug treatment were abused or neglected as children.