Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use.
- Young Americans aged 12 to 20 account for 11 percent of the country’s monthly alcohol consumption.
- Approximately 23 million people aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in 2010.
This abuse touches all aspects of our communities and contributes to an estimated $193 billion in crime, health, and lost productivity costs.
To read more or for prevention resources visit https://youth.gov/feature-article/national-substance-abuse-prevention-month.