The Facts

Addiction in America

An estimated 20.5 million Americans suffer from the disease of addiction.

The United States is in the middle of an addiction epidemic: more people died from a drug overdose than from car accidents in 2015, and nearly 88,000 people died from alcohol-related causes that same year. Only about 10% of those diagnosed with addiction received the treatment they need.

One study found that when looking to just get assessed for treatment, less than 1/3 of participants got an appointment within 24 hours, 40% of patients waited for treatment between 3-7 days, and 12% waited more than a week. (1)

In 2015, nearly 2.3 million Americans suffered from opioid addiction, yet there was only enough treatment capacity to treat 1.4 million people, leaving a treatment gap of nearly 1 million people.  (2)

Just 2% of all providers are trained to provide MAT (medication-assisted treatment). (3)

More than 30 million people live in counties that do not have a single provider of medication-assisted treatment. (4)

Opioid Epidemic

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, and others. Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but they can be misused.

Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled. (1)

    • 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. (1)
    • The United States makes up around 4% of the world population, yet uses over 80% of the global supply of opioids. (4)
    • From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the US from overdoses related to prescription opioids. (1)
    • More people died from drug overdoses than car accidents. (5)"Click Graphic"

The Treatment Gap for Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a diagnosed disorder of individuals who meet certain criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Nearly 15.1 million adults suffer from alcohol use disorder, yet less than 10% diagnosed with AUD receive proper treatment.

  • An estimated 15.1 million adults suffer from Alcohol Use Disorder, yet only 1.3 million adults (or less than 10%) received treatment. (3)
  • An estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the 4th leading preventable cause of death in the United States. (3)
  • Globally, alcohol misuse is the 5th leading risk factor for premature death and disability; among people between the ages of 15 and 49, it is the first. (3)
  • In 2013, of the 72,559 liver disease deaths among individuals ages 12 and older, 45.8% involved alcohol. (3)
  • Young Adults: 623,000 adolescents ages 12–17 (or 2.5% of this total age group) had AUD in 2015 according to the NSDUH. (3)
  • In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249.0 Billion. (3)
  • College Students: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes. (3)