Trends & Statistics About Substance Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) uses various sources to gather data on drug abuse in the United States. They collect information on everything from usage, to emergency room data, to treatment programs in order to monitor the prevalence of drug use throughout the country. The following are sources that NIDA uses to learn more about our country’s drug and substance abuse problems:

  1. The NIDA reviews are the numbers that emerge from the cost of substance abuse. Over $700 billion is spent every year in relation to crime, lost work productivity, and health care due to the abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs. Overall, tobacco is the most expensive drug, with an overall $295 billion being spent.
  1. Another source data comes from a yearly adolescent survey conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. The survey measures the various illegal drugs, alcohol, and cigarette use among teens during three different time periods, (lifetime, past year, and past month) throughout the United States.
  1. As for monitoring the prevalence of certain substances, the NIDA uses the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s information to learn about new patterns and consequences of different drugs, such as alcohol, tobacco, and CDS.
  1. NIDA makes use of data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to learn about deaths associated with drug overdoses. This information is also available for public health professionals in order to help them learn how to improve treatments for those who are suffering from addiction.

As we can see from the various resources and data charts, drug and substance abuse is a prevailing problem in the United States. If children are not taught from an early age that drugs and deadly substances are hazardous to their health, they may be likely to fall into the wide category of adolescents who do dabble in these dangerous things. It is never too late to educate your teen on the danger of drugs and alcohol.

If you or your loved one is struggling to overcome an addiction, getting the right treatment can be the answer. The Discovery Institute can help you to make a lasting change to your lifestyle. We believe that the treatment you receive should be customized to fit your unique situation. Give us a call today at (800) 714-2175. The road to recovery is just a phone call away.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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