Today’s Addiction in America

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2022
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Drug and alcohol abuse can be scary.  What’s more frightening is when you’re the one battling a substance use disorder (SUD) or an alcohol use disorder (AUD) and you don’t have a solution to the problem.

Over 20 million Americans struggle with addiction, but many don’t get the treatment they need.

Overdoses are the #1 cause of accidental death in our country.  According to the CDC, there were over 100,000 fatal overdoses in the U.S. during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, from April 2020 to April 2021.  That’s the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a single year.  Synthetic opioids like fentanyl account for more than half of overdose deaths but there was also a 46% increase in overdose deaths from other stimulants, like methamphetamines, and a 38% increase in deaths from cocaine overdoses.

Addiction is a public health crisis but it doesn’t have to be this way.

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