A Hard Pill to Swallow

 

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health(NSDUH), 21.5 millionDC176382-FB64-484F-8284-3F20AA1044C2 American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2014.
  • Drug abuse and addiction cost American society close to $200 billion in healthcare, criminal justice, legal, and lost workplace production/participation costs in 2007, the (ONDCP) report
  • In 2017 more than 72,000 Americans died from overdose, a record number of overdose fatalities (NYTimes)
  • Opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.
  • Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids
  • About 11.5 million adults misused prescription pain relievers at least once in the past year.