The number one cause of death in the US of 18 to 24 year olds is substance abuse. (National Institute on Drub Abuse)
100 people per day die from a drug overdose, 1 person every 14 minutes. That is more that from gun violence.
67% of high school graduates in America say drugs play a major role in their lives.
71% of high school students describe their school as “drug infested”.
50% of college students binge drink (approximately 6 drinks in 2 hours) and/or abuse drugs monthly.
23% of all college students in the US would be diagnosed as fully alcohol or drug dependent – that is 3 times the national average.
The US is only 5% of the world’s population, yet it consumes 80% of opioids and 95% of Vicodin in the world.
Of an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6%) needing treatment for a drug or alcohol related problem, only 2.5 million people (0.9%) receive treatment at a specialty facility.
Successful substance abuse prevention programs lead to reductions in overdose deaths and traffic fatalities, violence, unwanted pregnancy, child abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, injuries, cancer, heart disease and lost productivity.