Drug Use in the United States: Hard Facts

Most nightly news reports and morning newspapers include something or someone that has been touched by the rising incidence of drug use in the United States. However, unless this problem has touched your immediate circle of friends and family, you may be unaware of just how prevalent drug use is in this country and abroad. Below are just a few drug use statistics to give you an idea of the situation.

Drug use by the numbers

  1. Roughly 10.6 percent of the U.S. population over age 12 used some type of illegal drug in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control.
  2. Worldwide, the prevalence of drug use is approximately 5.6 percent.
  3. Roughly 40.5 million Americans admit to using cocaine at some point in their lives.
  4. 86 percent of Americans report having at least one drink in their lifetime; 56 percent report having at least one drink within the last month.
  5. Approximately six million Americans, age 12 or older, admit to misusing prescription drugs in the month prior to the survey, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Pain medication accounted for the majority of this misuse (3.2 million people).
  6. Young adults, those ages 18-25, are the largest misusers of pain medications. The deaths of 1,700 Americans in this age group were attributed to overdoses of pain medications in 2014.
  7. Approximately 886,000 Americans reported using heroin in the year prior to the 2016 survey. Nearly 74 percent of them reported having a heroin dependence.
  8. Across all types of illegal substances, men are more likely to use them than are women.
  9. There were more than 13,500 drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the United States in 2017. Roughly 10 percent of these were located in California.
  10. The NSDUH estimated that 1 in 13 Americans, age 12 or older, needed some type of treatment for drug or alcohol dependence in 2017.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with dependence on alcohol, an alcohol outpatient rehab clinic can help them get their life back on track and create a more hopeful future for them and their families. To learn more about drug use statistics and how to find the right facility for your needs, contact Yellowstone Recovery at (888) 418-4188 to schedule an assessment.

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