Substance Abuse Statistics

Statistics – Substance Abuse

Substance abuse affects us all, be it through the many costs incurred via taxes we pay for the uninsured who end up in the ER or extended hospital stays, associated crime, to reduced productivity at work and the list goes on.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the overall costs of alcohol abuse alone costs tax payers $224 billion annually, with the costs to the health care system accounting for approximately $25 billion.

Substance abuse costs the health care system about $11 billion, with overall costs reaching $193 billion.

This is not including the emotional and psychological price the one abusing absorbs and more so those who are involved and connected. These prices are often the most expensive, this includes broken families, destroyed careers, death due to negligence or accident, domestic violence, physical abuse, and child abuse. All of which, sadly, often go hand in hand with substance abuse.

When a substance abuser says, as we often hear, “I was out of my head”, that is indeed the truth. Substance abuse and addiction literally changes your brain’s chemistry. The longer you use and abuse, the more damage that is done, and the harder it is to quit and to go back to a none abusive lifestyle.

Substance use disorders are treatable.

Here are a few statistics that we hope helps shed more light on why it is so important that you support charities like the LifeAfter Project, so that we can help those who fall within these disturbing numbers find the help they so desperately need!

– According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 27 million Americans, or 10.2% of the American population over the age of 12 reported using illicit drugs in 2015. The NSDUH also estimated that about 28.7 million people or 10.9% of the population over 12 drove while intoxicated at least once in 2015.

– An estimated 6.5 million Americans over the age of 12 reported current, non-medical use of prescription drugs, such as painkillers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives.

– Estimates showed that in 2015, nearly 140 million Americans over the age of 12 were, at the time, currently using alcohol, with 16.3 million having reported heavy alcohol use in the prior month, and 60.9 million having reported binge drinking in the prior month, reflecting an increase from previous years.

– NSDUH reports that cocaine use declined among Americans over the age of 12 – from about 2.3 million people in 2003 to approximately 1.5 million people in 2014.

These are the most recent, accurate, figures, unofficial figures show that these numbers have increased the last two years.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from substance abuse, dependency and/or addiction, please find help immediately!

If you are looking to help others in need, please help us make a difference, donate today and together we can help save a lives of those suffering from the pains of addiction and abuse.


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