FACTS & RESOURCES
What You Need To Know:
9 out of 10 addictions to alcohol and drug use get their start in the teenage years. – CASA Columbia, 2012
Most people use drugs for the first time when they are teenagers. There were just over 2.8 million new users of illicit drugs in 2013, or about 7,800 new users per day. Over half (54.1 percent) were under 18 years of age. – NIDA, 2015
In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older had used an illicit drug in the past month. – NIDA, 2015
Marijuana use has increased since 2007. In 2013, there were 19.8 million current users—about 7.5 percent of people aged 12 or older—up from 14.5 million (5.8 percent) in 2007. – NIDA, 2015
Drug use is highest among people in their late teens and twenties. In 2013, 22.6 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds reported using an illicit drug in the past month. – NIDA, 2015
1 in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who has a past year substance use disorder (SUD) resulting in significant impairment. – SAMSHA, 2017
In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility. – NIDA, 2015
One person dies every 31 minutes from overdoses involving prescription opioids. – CDC, 2018
Substance Use Disorder Costs Billions. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year. – SAMSHA, 2018
In 2016 63,600 lives were lost to drug overdose; more people than breast cancer. – CDC, 2017
By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. – SAMSHA, 2018
NIDA: Lesson Plan & Activity Finder: Resources for talking with kids about the impact of drug use on health. Topics include The Brain & Addiction, Nicotine, Alcohol, E-Cigarettes and Prescription Medication.
Scholastic: Heads Up Real News About Drugs And Your Body: Lessons and worksheet printables for the Heads Up series including Opioids and the Overdose Epidemic, Prescription Pain Medications: What You Need to Know, Marijuana and E-Cigarettes.
NIDA: 2018 National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge: Test your knowledge by taking the interactive NIDA National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz!
THP Deterra Drug Deactivation Pouch Program: Deterra drug deactivation pouches allow you to safely dispose of your prescription medications at home. Order your free pouches through THP today and keep your home safe.
Lock Your Meds: Safely Store Your Prescription Medications: A national multi-media campaign designed to reduce prescription drug use through awareness and medicine cabinet safety.