50% of those suffering from heroin addiction report abusing prescription opioids such as Oxycodone or Hydrocodone before they started using heroin. An estimated 23% of those who use heroin become dependent on the drug and require professional treatment in order to quit.
More than 16 million adults in the United States suffer from an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD), but sadly less than 10% of those will receive specialized treatment. As a result, alcohol addiction creates an estimated $249 billion burden on the United States.
An estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs. This represents approximately 20% of the U.S. population. Abuse of painkillers, stimulants, and sedatives may to prescription drug addiction, overdose and even death.
Crack cocaine is an extremely addictive substance that leads to more than 400K emergency department visits annually. Studies estimate that more than 35 million Americans abuse cocaine annually and another 8.6 million abuse crack. Frequent use can lead to dangerous dependence.