Somber Statistics about America’s Addiction Crisis
1. Substance use disorders are more common than many people think. Indeed, there are more people currently in the US suffering from a substance use disorder than all forms of cancer combined. As is written in the report: “Substance use disorders represent one of the most pressing public health crises of our time. For far too long, too many in our country have viewed addiction as a moral failing. This unfortunate stigma has created an added burden of shame that has made people with substance use disorders less likely to come forward and seek help.” 2. One in seven Americans will experience a substance use disorder at some point during their lifetime. 3. According to sources sited in the report, 78 people die each day from opioid overdose. Since 1999, that figure has almost quadrupled. 4. An estimated 50,000 people died from an alcohol or drug overdose in 2014. By comparison, 32,744 people died in a car accident in 2014. 5. Those who began drinking before 15 years of age are four times more likely to become addicted at some point in lifetimes than those who began drinking when they were 20 years of age or older. 6. Substance use disorders (SUDs) may be becoming increasingly common, but only 10 percent of people with a SUD will get treatment. About LVRC: Las Vegas Recovery Center(LVRC) is a drug and alcohol addiction rehab located in Southern Nevada. Our recovery center offers a wide range of addiction treatment services, including inpatient, outpatient, sober living residences and a robust family and alumni program. Please visit our addiction services page to learn more.