9 Reasons to Battle Against Substance Misuse

Addiction is a health condition. While prevention is ideal, if a person does develop a substance use disorder, treatment is critical. People with this chronic condition need continued support during the often difficult process of returning to a healthy and productive life. By integrating general health care and substance use services, we can help those in remission and recovery achieve that goal.

Addiction, By the Numbers1


People die every day in the U.S. from an opioid overdose.

Per Day

66 Million

Adults and adolescents reported binge drinking2.

At least once a month


Of all traffic-related fatalities in 2014 involved alcohol.

Photo of a traffic accident that involved alcohol


People died from an overdose involving prescription drugs in 2014, more than any year on record.

Photo of prescription opioids spilling out of bottle


More fatal heroin overdoses in 2014 than 10 years earlier.



Of those with a substance use disorder also have a mental health condition.


1 in 10

People with a substance use disorder receive any type of specialty treatment.


Spent on treatment saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs.

Health Care
Criminal Justice


Of adults who once met diagnostic criteria for a substance use disorder are currently in stable remission.

Sign of depicting choice between addiction and life


  1. Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.
  2. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 16-4984, NSDUH Series H-51). Retrieved from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/


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