The consequences of untreated substance abuse and addiction in the U.S. today are bleak. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users, 21.6 million had a substance use disorder in the past year, and over 60 million were binge alcohol users according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Approximately 88,000 deaths were attributed to excessive alcohol use annually from 2006 to 2010, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and 40,393 people died of drug-induced causes in 2010. Abuse and addiction are going untreated.
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