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Did you know that according to the National Coalition of Alcohol and Drugs, the total
cost to the U. S. of substance abuse is estimated to be approximately $166 billion
dollars per year?
Did you know that one out of every ten Americans (76 million people) is affected
by alcoholism in their families?
The age when people start using drugs is getting younger and younger.
In an average week, Americans drink 2.3 billion alcoholic drinks; smoke 8.25 billion
cigarettes; take 20 million antidepressants; and pop 1 million tabs of Ecstasy.
The total cost of drug abuse to society rose at approximately a six percent annual
rate between 1992 and 2000.
Drugs Don’t Pay
Fifty-five percent of the 128,000 sentenced inmates in federal prisons in 2002 were
convicted of trafficking, drug possession, or other drug offenses.
The Bush Administration has asked Congress for $2.5 billion for fiscal year 2004
to fund substance abuse programs.
A $65 million Federal funding grant has been approved that will allow convicts to
apply for substance abuse treatment after they leave the penal system.