Drug addiction and alcoholism affect millions of Americans every year. However, the financial cost as well as emotional and physical toil addition takes on users and their families is difficult to measure. The CDC, SAMHSA, and other government agencies have conducted much research on the disease of addiction and the effects it has on society. Below are some statistics about addiction, its costs, and the treatment for this disease.

Alcohol Abuse Statistics

88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use.

88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive alcohol use.

Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation.

In 2012, an estimated 29.1 million people, or 11.2 percent of persons aged 12 or older, had driven under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year.

In 2012, 30.4 percent of men 12 and older and 16.0 percent of women reported binge drinking (five or more drinks on the same occasion) in the past month; and 9.9 percent of men and 3.4 percent of women reported heavy alcohol use (binge drinking on at least five separate days in the past month)

17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence.

More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking.

More than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.

Drug Abuse Statistics

The average annual number of persons with heroin dependence increased from 198,000 per year during 2002-2005 to 338,000 during 2009-2011.

The annual average number of heroin-dependent young adults rose from 53,000 in 2002-2005 to 109,000 in 2009-2011.

In 2012, there were 639,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used cocaine for the first time within the past 12 months; this averages to approximately 1,800 initiates per day

In 2012, most (76.2 percent) of the 0.6 million recent cocaine initiates were 18 or older when they first used.

The average age at first use among recent cocaine initiates aged 12 to 49 was 20.0 years.

In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 or older or 9.2 percent of the population had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication in the past month, up from 8.3 percent in 2002.

In 2012, 6.8 million Americans aged 12 or older (or 2.6 percent) had used psychotherapeutic prescription drugs nonmedically (without a prescription or in a manner or for a purpose not prescribed) in the past month.

In 2012, 1.1 million Americans (0.4 percent) had used hallucinogens in the past month.

The number of current cocaine users aged 12 or older in 2012 was 1.7 million. 440,000 people used methamphetamine in 2012.

There were just over 2.8 million new users (initiates) of illicit drugs in 2012, or about 7,898 new users per day. Half of those were under 18.

More than half of new illicit drug users begin with marijuana, followed by prescription pain relievers and inhalants.

In 2012, 23.9 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds reported using an illicit drug in the past month.

In 2012, 4.3 million Americans met clinical criteria for dependence or abuse of marijuana in the past year more than twice the number for dependence/abuse of prescription pain relievers (2.1 million) and four times the number for dependence/abuse of cocaine (1.1).

Sixty percent of 12th graders do not view regular marijuana use as harmful.

The percentage of 12th graders reporting past-year nonmedical use of amphetamines rose from 6.8% in 2008 to 8.7% in 2013. Current use among 12th graders also increased from 2.9% in 2008 to 4.1% in 2013.

The Costs of Addiction

Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.5 million years of potential life lost annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death .

Every day in the United States, 113 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated in emergency departments(ED) for the misuse or abuse of drugs .

Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs .

Drug overdose was the leading cause of injury death in 2011. Among people 25 to 64 years old, drug overdose caused more deaths than motor vehicle traffic crashes .

Drug overdose death rates have been rising steadily since 1992 with a 118% increase from 1999 to 2011 alone .

In 2011, drug misuse and abuse caused about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits. Of these, more than 1.4 million ED visits were related to pharmaceuticals .

Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our Nation, exacting over $600 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare .

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