Substance abuse has a dangerous impact on millions of Americans each year.
In 2017, about 30% of Opioid-related overdoses also involved a Benzodiazepine.
81,000 Americans tried heroin for the first time in 2017.
From 1999 to 2017, the number of Benzodiazepine-related overdoses increased from 1,135 to 11,537
In 2018, 0.6% of American 8th grades, 0.4% of 10th graders, and 0.8% of 12th graders had used Heroin at least once.
The percentages of American students who reported drinking alcohol fell in 2018, with 8% of 8th graders, 18% of 10th graders, and 30% of 12th graders reporting alcohol consumption in the previous month. By contrast, 10% of 8th graders, 25% of 10th graders, and 39% of 12th graders in 2013 reported drinking alcohol within the previous month.
Only about 7% of Americans with an alcohol use disorder ever receive treatment.