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Did You Know?

  • 14 million Americans use illegal drugs and 17 million Americans are alcoholics or abusers of alcohol.
  • 31 million Americans abuse chemicals daily (ages 12+)
     >  11k try alcohol for the first time
     >  6.5k try marijuana for the first time
     >  2.9k try crack cocaine for the first time
     >  1k try heroin for the first time
     >  All the above use alcohol
  • The 3 leading causes of death for 15-24 year olds are car crashes, homicides, and suicides. Alcohol is the leading factor in all three.
  • 74%+ of state prison inmates committed in 2015 had drug or alcohol addiction issues.
  • There is a drug-induced death in the U.S. every 13 minutes.
  • 8.3 million youth (1 in 8 or 11.9%) under 18 years of age live with at least one parent who is addicted to alcohol or illicit drugs.
  • The economic cost of drug abuse in the U.S. was estimated at $193b in 2007.
  • After alcohol, marijuana has the highest rate of dependence or abuse among all drugs.
  • According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) only 11.2% of addicts needed treatment entered a program in 2012.*

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Take the National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge to test your knowledge of drugs and drug abuse. Or  check out the games and videos from NIDA for Teens to learn more about this critical issue. And if you have a drug problem or know someone who does, get help now!

*Statistics provided by the Office of the National Drug Control Policy & the National Institute on Drug Abuse

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