Drug Addiction

Top 10 Facts to Know

10. Police arrested an estimated 858,408 persons for cannabis violations in 2009. Of those charged with cannabis violations, approximately 89 percent were charged with possession only. An American is arrested for violating cannabis laws every 30 seconds.

"Drug War Clock." Drug War Clock. Drug Sense, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

9. Since December 31, 1995, the U.S. prison population has grown an average of 43,266 inmates per year. About 25 per cent are sentenced for drug law violations.

"Drug War Clock." Drug War Clock. Drug Sense, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

8. Arrests for drug law violations this year are expected to exceed the 1,663,582 arrests of 2009. Law enforcement made more arrests for drug abuse violations (an estimated 1.6 million arrests, or 13.0 percent of the total number of arrests) than for any other offense in 2009.

"Drug War Clock." Drug War Clock. Drug Sense, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

7.Each year, more than 20,000 individuals die as a result of illicit drug use.

"Drug Addiction Treatment, Help and Statistics - Finding Treatment." Drug Addiction Treatment, Help and Statistics - Finding Treatment. Rehabs, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

6.More than 24 million US residents aged 12 or older are currently suffering from drug addiction, yet only 10 percent of these individuals will receive help from a professional treatment facility.

"Drug Addiction Treatment, Help and Statistics - Finding Treatment." Drug Addiction Treatment, Help and Statistics - Finding Treatment. Rehabs, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

5.The number of prescriptions being written nationwide has jumped dramatically -- by as much as 400% in the last decade or so. By one estimate, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers were written in the U.S. in 2012.

"DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction." DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nov.-Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

4. About 8% of high-school seniors said they used the painkiller hydrocodone for nonmedical reasons during the past year

"DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction." DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nov.-Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

3. Experts think that more than 8 and half million Americans abuse such meds

"DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction." DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Nov.-Dec. 2012. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

2. This includes approximately $193 billion for illicit drugs $193 billion for tobacco, and $235 billion for alcohol

"Drug Abuse and Addiction." : Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Drug Problems & Substance Abuse. Help Guide.org, Apr.-May 2015. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

1. Estimates of the total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually.

"Drug Abuse and Addiction." : Signs, Symptoms, and Help for Drug Problems & Substance Abuse. Help Guide.org, Apr.-May 2015. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.