Just a Few Facts

Just a Few Facts

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Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use despite adverse consequences (NIDA). As a result, more than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—a 2-fold increase in a decade. According to the CDC, Drug overdose deaths rose from 16,849 in 1999 to 70,237 in 2017. According to the same study, drug overdose deaths involving cocaine rose from 3,822 in 1999 to 13,942 in 2017 while overdoes deaths from heroin, rose from 1,960 in 1999 to 15,482 in 2017. People in the general public, do not understand the actual why’s and how’s associated with individuals becoming addicted to drugs. Many believe that those who use drugs lack the moral resolve or will power to stop using them. When in reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, in which drugs change the brain, making quitting even more difficult for those who want to. It is misconceptions such as these Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to.

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The following are facts and statistics on substance use in the United States in 2013, the most recent year for NSDUH survey results. Approximately 67,800 people responded to the survey in 2013. 24.6 million Americans used illicit drugs in 30 days, 9.6 percent of the total population. 1.5 million cocaine users 12 and older   a total of 2.8 million new users of drugs

Current, Binge, and Heavy Alcohol Use among People

Since 2015, the threshold for determining binge alcohol use for males is consuming five or more

drinks on an occasion and for females is consuming four or more drinks on an occasion


According to the Survey, these numbers do not sum to the total population of the United States, and do not include those aged 11 years or younger, people with no fixed household address (e.g., homeless or transient people not in shelters), active-duty military personnel, and residents of institutional group quarters, such as correctional facilities, nursing homes, mental institutions, and long-term care hospitals.

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