Drug Addiction Facts and Statistics

Drug Addiction Facts and Statistics
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Currently, the United States is experiencing some of the highest levels of drug addiction than at any time in its history.

And while many drugs that were popular in the 1970’s are no longer as commonly abused today, the numbers are still staggering overall.

Consider the following information about drug addiction -and how it has invaded almost every segment of our society.

Drug Addiction Facts and Statistics

The information below pertains to drug addiction and drug abuse in the United States -at both a national and state-by-state level.

  • In 2010 there was an estimated 22.6 million Americans over the age of 12 that were current or former illicit drug users within the last month of when the survey was given; This equates to about 8.9 percent of the population aged 12 or older.
  • The drug marijuana was the most commonly used illegal substance. There was about 17.4 million individuals who used it in the past month from when the survey was taken. From 2007 and 2010, those numbers increased to 6.9 percent, up from 5.8 or 14.4 million to 17.4 million users.
  • Individuals 50 to 59 years of age, their rate of past drug use went up from 2.7 percent to 5.8 percent from 2002 to 2010
  • An estimated 10.0 million individual 12 to 20 years of age that admitted to being drinkers; 6.5 million were binge drinkers and 2.0 million heavy drinkers.
  • Over six million children in America live with at least one parent who has a drug addiction.
  • Since 1980, the number of deaths related to drug overdoses has risen over 540 percent.
  • The most commonly abused drug (other than alcohol) in the United States by individuals over the age of 12 is Marijuana, followed by prescription painkillers, cocaine and hallucinogens.
  • Each year, drug abuse and drug addiction cost employers over 122 billion dollar in lost productivity time and another 15 billion dollars in health insurance costs.
  • Baltimore, Maryland has more per capita individuals living with heroin addiction than any other state in the U.S.
  • Since 1990, the number of individuals who take prescription drugs illegally is believed to have risen by over 500 percent.

Sources: 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Going Beneath the Numbers

So what can one conclude about these eye opening statistics? Certainly, the “War on Drugs” which Nancy Reagan and the DEA began waging during the 1980’s has had little success to curtail drug use in the United States. What is most important about these drug statistics is how we react to them.

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What is To Be Done About Drug Addiction?

Rather than wait for help from the government, individuals are urged to fight back against drug addiction at the “home level.” That means, anyone who has a friend, family member or loved one who is struggling with drug addiction needs to get them into an addiction treatment program so that they can receive the proper care required to defeat the problem.

Michael’s House treats drug addiction one individual at a time from their residential rehab facility in Palm Springs, California.

Contact Michael’s House today at 1-877-345-8494 for more information.