Drug and Alcohol Statistics
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The National Institute of Drug Abuse has reported that in October of 2014, there was a three time fold in the number of overdoses from the year 2011. In October of 2014, it was also reported that in fatal automobile accidents, 1 out of 3 drivers were under the influence of some type of drug. 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.
These are staggering statistics that are continuing to rise with the number of new drugs being developed by the day and that are being imported to the country from different places in the world. As drug trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business, the statistics are going to continue to rise in the fatalities of drug overdoses and deaths related to drug / alcohol use.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009 (9.3 percent of persons aged 12 or older). Of these, only 2.6 million—11.2 percent of those who needed treatment—received it at a specialty facility. Drug and alcohol treatment costs are also on the rise, as well as the increase in prison populations.