Drug & Alcohol Epidemic
Drug addiction is one of the leading problems the world is facing today.
The abuse of and addiction to drugs such as heroin, morphine, and prescription pain relievers is affecting the health, social, and economic welfare of all societies.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency estimates that over 23 Million Americans (age 12 and older) are addicted to alcohol and other drugs.
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.1 million people ages 12 and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem last year, but only 2.5 million received treatment at a specialty facility.
In addition, drug and alcohol use could lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Mental and substance use disorders are among the top conditions in the United States that cause disabilities resulting in significant costs to families, employers and publicly funded health systems.
According to an article from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) , in 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide.