Substance abuse has a dangerous impact on millions of Americans each year.
Approximately 2.4 million young adults in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25 years old started to drink alcohol in 2017. An additional 2.3 million minors between the ages of 12 and 17 years old in the United States started to drink alcohol that same year.
In 2017, over 15,000 Americans died from a Heroin overdose.
More than 700,000 Americans died from a drug overdose from 1999 to 2017.
About 195,000 Americans tried Meth in 2017.
81,000 Americans tried heroin for the first time 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.