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More than 23 million Americans use illicit drugs.
Over 6.5 million Americans are severely dependent users of heroin, other opiates,
amphetamines, and cocaine.
The use and abuse of illicit drugs frequently leads to teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS/STD
transmission, child abuse, and other social problems.
Persons who abuse alcohol or other drugs use two and one half times the medical benefits
If alcohol were never used carelessly in our society, approximately 100,000 fewer
people would die annually.
In Pennsylvania, 70 percent of the state’s criminal offenders are addicted to drugs
and alcohol, and their criminal activity is directly related to their addiction.
About two in every five Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at
some time in their lives.
Each year 534,000 people suffer injuries in alcohol-related crashes, an average of
one every minute.
Studies indicate that 80-90% of the people who are in recovery for alcohol and drug
abuse actively use tobacco and are addicted to nicotine, compared to 25% of the general
Nicotine addiction is a very deadly addiction with more people dying each year from
tobacco- related illnesses than from automobile accidents, AIDS, suicide, and drug
It is estimated that 17% of Americans age 55 or older have either alcohol or drug
problems or both.
New studies indicate that people who quit smoking and other substances at the same
time have higher recovery rates than those who continue to smoke.