Substance Abuse Statistics

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Growing Substance Abuse Problem In America

Substance abuse is one of the largest ever-growing problems in America. According to statistics from 2020, there were 37.3 million illicit drug users in America, 12 years or older.1 That is 11% of the entire American population and almost 10 million more than the entire population of Texas, the second largest state by area in United States.2,3

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Substance abuse have seen steady growth over the years, a 3.8% year-to-year growth for 2020.1 The rise of illicit drugs such as opioids and methamphetamine have contributed greatly to the growth. Most concerning growth is the death caused by an overdose, which is increasing at an alarming rate of 4% every single year.1

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Did You Know?

1 in 2 Every American 12 and older have used illicit drugs at least once.1

25.4%

25.4% of people who tried illicit drug at least once have drug abuse disorder.1

20.4%

20.4% of alcohol drinkers have alcohol use disorder.1

 

Overdose Death Statistics

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Men are more than twice as likely as women to die from drug overdose.1

700,000+

Drug overdose deaths in the US since 20001

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Opioids kill more than 3 times as many people as cocaine.1

Leading Overdose Death Cause

Some deaths involve multiple drug types and percentage totals may exceed 100%1

It is very common for someone with substance use disorder to suffer from more than just substance abuse. 8,500,000 American adults who are struggling with substance use disorder also suffer from co-occurring mental health disorder.4 This is commonly referred to as Dual Diagnosis. It is also common for someone with substance use disorder to suffer from more than one substance.

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1 in every 8 adults struggle with drug use disorder and alcohol use disorder, at the same time.4

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Roughly 38% of adults struggled with an illicit drug use disorder in 2017.4

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74% of substance addicts also struggle with alcohol use disorder.4

Did You Know?

Only 10%

Of 21 Million Addicts Receive Treatment.5

Substance use before 18 sees high correlation to developing into an addict. Over 90% of people who are struggling with drug use and alcohol, started their use before 18.5 Young adults between 18-25 are most likely to binge drink, which will lead to becoming alcoholics. However, only about 7% of all people who are struggling with alcohol receive treatment.5

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Sources

  1. National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics – https://drugabusestatistics.org/
  2. US Census – https://www.census.gov/
  3. Statista –https://www.statista.com/statistics/457786/number-of-children-in-the-us-by-age/
  4. American Addiction Centers – https://americanaddictioncenters.org/
  5. Addiction Center – https://www.addictioncenter.com/

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