Statistics on Alcohol Addiction and Abuse:


Addiction is a disease just as diabetes and cancer are diseases. It is not a weakness. People of all ages, classes and ethnic backgrounds can get an addiction. Addiction does not discriminate.

  • Alcohol and drug addiction cost the U.S. economy over $600 billion every year

  • About 88,000 people die as a result of alcohol every year in the United States

  • In 2017, approximately 2.3 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 and 2.4 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 started to drink alcohol

Statistics on Opioid Addiction and Abuse:

About 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.

  • In 2017 alone, 47,600 fatal overdoses occurred in America which involved at least one opioid

  • About 5% of people with an opioid use disorder will try heroin Statistics on Heroin Addiction and Abuse

  • In 2017, 886,000 Americans used heroin at least once

  • In 2017, over 15,000 Americans died from a heroin overdose

  • In 2018, the number of people with an SUD related to illegal drugs or alcohol topped 20 million. Of those, 2 million had an opioid use disorder.

  • Overdoses increased up to 42% per month during the pandemic, as compared to the same months in 2019.


*Source – United States Addiction Center for Disease Control


According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Addiction, ground zero in the Opioid, Methamphetamine and Alcohol crisis lies within a 100-mile radius of Youngstown, Ohio when including West Virginia and Pennsylvania, affecting everyone in our community and taking thousands of lives.

Cost and lack of insurance is the primary obstacle cited by Americans who say they need but are unable to receive treatment. Among those able to access treatment, nearly half (48.4 percent) reported using their own money to pay for their care.

“Drug use is on the rise in this country and 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol and drugs. That’s approximately one in every 10 Americans over the age of 12 – roughly equal to the entire population of Texas. But only 11 percent of those with an addiction receive treatment.”

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