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Drug Facts

Up-to-date statistics on national drug abuse trends and outcomes

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Recent alcohol and drug facts are sobering, but it’s important to be informed. Knowing the statistics may prevent you and your loved ones from becoming one.

Rising rates of drug abuse.

According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), illicit drug abuse in the United States has risen to its highest level in eight years.  The NSDUH found that 8.7 percent of Americans age 12 and older abused illicit drugs in the month prior to the survey, a nine percent rise from the 2008. The survey also found an increase in prescription drug abuse , methamphetamine abuse and ecstasy abuse: prescription drug abuse rose 12 percent while methamphetamine and ecstasy abuse rose by 0.1 percent. Drug abuse rates among 50 to 59-year-old Americans doubled from 2.7 percent in 2002 to 6.2 percent in 2009. This jump reflects the fact that aging baby boomers have a higher frequency of illicit drug abuse than older cohorts. As baby boomers age, Caron's addiction treatment program for older adults will become more necessary than ever.

The impact of drug abuse on healthcare.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 2.1 million hospital Emergency Department visits in 2009 resulted from drug abuse. Of these visits, 27.1 percent involved nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals, 21.2 percent involved illicit drugs, and 14.3 percent involved alcohol in combination with other drugs. Alarmingly, Emergency Department visits involving prescription drug abuse (either alone or in combination with another drug) increased 98.4 percent between 2004 and 2009.  [1]

The cost of drug abuse.

Drug and alcohol abuse in the United States is not only dangerous, it’s extremely costly. In 2002, for example, drug abuse cost American society an estimated $181 billion. Of this, an overwhelming $107 billion was associated with drug-related crime.[2]

Treating drug abuse.

Fortunately, treatment is available for those suffering from drug abuse and addiction problems. Various drug rehab programs and self-help groups are available to offer support and assistance for those requiring help.  With Caron’s holistic treatment programs and support, recovery from drug abuse is possible.