Substance abuse has a dangerous impact on millions of Americans each year.
About 886,000 Americans used heroin at least once in 2017.
There is a strong correlation between addiction and mental illness. About 30% of Americans with a mental illness also live with addiction. More specifically, about 20% of Americans with depression or an anxiety disorder will develop an addiction, and people with bipolar disorder are 5 times more likely than someone without bipolar disorder to have a substance use problem.
From 1999 to 2017, the number of Benzodiazepine-related overdoses increased from 1,135 to 11,537
81,000 Americans tried heroin for the first time in 2017.
In 2017, over 15,000 Americans died from a Heroin overdose.
More than 90% of people with an addiction start to drink alcohol or use drugs before they reach the age of 18 years old.