Statistics & Outcomes

Within the statistics and outcomes section of the Caron Knowledge Library you will find information and statistics surrounding drug and alcohol abuse and treatment, substance abuse trends and key topics and information relevant to awareness around chemical dependency and mental health issues.

Current Statistics

  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug use and Health, 23.5 million people 12 years of age and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009.  Of these individuals, only 2.6 million – 11.2 percent – only received treatment at a specialty facility.
  • Increasing drug and alcohol abuse is a dangerous trend in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 2.1 million hospital Emergency Department visits in 2009 were the result of drug abuse. 
  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse are among the most common, devastating, and costly problems in the United States.  In fact, recent studies have shown that approximately 53 percent of adults in the United States have reported that one or more of their close relatives has a drinking problem. 
  • U.S. alcohol statistics reveal that approximately 50,000 cases of alcohol overdose are reported each year.  In 2009, an estimated 30.2 million people 12 or older reported driving under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year.[1]



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