DID YOU KNOW?
- In 2011 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem.
- Of these, only 2.6 million—11.2 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at a specialty facility.
- About 60 percent of admissions into treatment were White, 21 percent were African-American, and 14 percent were Hispanic or Latino. Another 2.3 percent were American Indian or Alaska Native,and 1 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander.
- Most people use drugs for the first time when they are teenagers. There were just over 2.8 million new users(initiates) of illicit drugs in 2012, or about 7,898 new users per day.
- In 2012, 17.7 million Americans (6.8percent of the population) were dependent on alcohol or had problems related to their use of alcohol (abuse).
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 2.1 million hospital Emergency Department visits in 2009 were the result of drug abuse
- According to Health Day News, deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012.
- Drug overdose was responsible for 41,340 deaths in the US in 2011.
- US overdose deaths have increased for 12 successive years.
- In 2011, and for the fourth year in a row, the number of US citizens whose deaths were drug-related exceeded the number of fatalities in road traffic accidents (33,561).
- Almost five people per hour died of overdose in the US in 2011.
The epidemic of addiction is among us. Educate yourselves. Stay involved with your children. Do your part in fighting against this disease.