THE NUMBERS

As of 2023, drug addiction continues to be a significant issue in the United States, with alarming statistics highlighting the ongoing crisis. According to recent data, an estimated 20 million Americans ages 12 and older struggle with a substance use disorder, representing approximatley 7% of the population. Over 2 million Americans are currently dependent on prescription painkillers or illicit opioids, such as heroin and fentanyl. Furthermore, drug overdose deaths remain a grave concern, with an estimated 93,000 fatalities recorded in the previous year, long reflecting a distressing increase compared to the previous years. These statistics emphasize the urgent need for comprehensive strategies and increased access to treatment and support services to address the devastating impact of drug addiction in the United States.

total annual opioid overdose deaths by state infographic