More than 27 million Americans―one in nine―abuse at least one substance.

Drug abuse costs the nation more than $120 billion per year in lost productivity.

According to National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) estimates, drug abuse accounts for $49 billion in reduced workdays, $48 billion in incarceration expenses and $4 billion due to premature deaths.

NDIC estimates annual cost of drug-related crime in the United States is more than $61 billion with criminal justice comprising $56 billion of that cost.

70% of arrestees test positive for illicit substances at the time of their arrest.

Annual cost of emergency department visits related to drug abuse is $161 million.

Annual Financial Burden in United States

Tobacco: $300 billion

Alcohol: $249 billion

Illicit Dugs: $193 billion

Prescription opioids: $78.5 billion


American Society of Addiction Medicine

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test

Psych Central

National Institutes of Mental Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Anxiety Disorders of America

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

Bipolar Disorder (NIMH)

National Institute of Mental Health

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

American Psychiatric Association

National Foundation for Depressive Illness

American Psychological Association

National Mental Health Association

Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society

Mental Health Screening Tools

VIA Character Strengths

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