25 Shocking Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statistics - America's Rehab Campuses
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  1. More than 72,000 people in the U.S. died from drug overdoses in 2017, which is double the amount of overdose deaths that took place a decade ago.
  2. The number of drug overdose deaths caused by fentanyl increased nearly 6-fold from 2014 to 2017.
  3. The rate of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. increased by 4.1-fold between 2002 and 2017, with opioids being responsible for the majority of deaths.
  4. Over 39% of people with a substance use disorder also have a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. People who suffer from a dual diagnosis can be treated for both disorders simultaneously.
  5. Roughly 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. Opioid addiction can be safely treated at a drug detox center using medications that reduce drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
  6. An average of 115 people in the U.S. die every day from an opioid overdose.
  7. The states with the highest rates of drug overdose deaths are West Virginia (52.0 per 100,000), Ohio (39.1 per 100,000), and New Hampshire (39.0 per 100,000).
  8. An estimated 15.1 million adults in the U.S. over the age of 18 suffer from alcohol use disorder. Alcohol addiction can be treated using an alcohol detox to lower the risk for complications like seizure and delirium tremens.
  9. Only 6.7% of U.S. adults who suffer from alcohol addiction receive treatment at alcohol rehab centers.
  10. Roughly 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes every year — making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. after tobacco and poor nutrition/lack of physical activity.
  11. Relapse rates for substance use disorders are between 40 and 60%, which is lower than that for chronic diseases, including hypertension and asthma.
  12. Over 56% of people who misuse prescription stimulants report doing so to enhance alertness and concentration, though research shows these effects are minimal and inconsistent.
  13. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S., with 22.2 million people having reported using the drug during the past month.
  14. Marijuana is used mostly by young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. In 2015, marijuana was used by more than 11 million people in this age group.
  15. Cocaine is used twice as much by people between the ages of 18 and 25 compared to all other age groups.
  16. More than 30% of drug overdoses involving opioids also involve prescription sedatives called benzodiazepines. Both drugs sedate and slow the breathing of users, increasing the risk for overdose and death.
  17. The overdose death rate among people who use opioids and benzodiazepines is 10 times higher than among those who only use prescription opioids. If you’re suffering from addiction, a drug detox center can help you safely overcome drug dependence and lower your risk for a deadly overdose.
  18. The number of cocaine overdose deaths in the U.S. increased 3.5-fold between 2010 and 2017 — many of which also involved opioids.
  19. Among the 42,249 opioid-related deaths that took place in 2016, there were 19,413 cases involving synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, carfentanil, and counterfeit painkillers.
  20. Synthetic opioids were involved in nearly 50% of opioid-related deaths in 2016, while in 2010 this percentage was only 14%.
  21. The number of opioid overdose visits to U.S. hospital emergency rooms increased by 30% from July 2016 to September 2017.
  22. Alcohol misuse costs the U.S. an estimated $249 billion every year, with three-quarters of the cost related to binge drinking.
  23. More than 9 in 10 people who use heroin also use at least one other drug. Heroin use disorder can be safely treated at drug detox centers using medications like methadone and buprenorphine that reduce withdrawal symptoms.
  24. Nearly 80% of people who use heroin report having misused prescription opioids first before switching to heroin.
  25. People who struggle with painkiller addiction are 40 times more likely to also be addicted to heroin.
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