The following statistics are provided by Micheal’s House.

  • The number of people who died as a result of a cocaine overdose was 699 in 2004. In 1992 that number was 223.
  • Between the years 2001 and 2005, the number of Americans between the age of 50 and 59 who were using illegal drugs rose from 2.5 percent to 4.7 percent.
  • Over six million children in America live with at least one parent who has a drug addiction.
  • Since 1980, the number of deaths related to drug overdoses has risen over 540 percent.
  • The most commonly abused drug (other than alcohol) in the United States by individuals over the age of 12 is Marijuana, followed by prescription painkillers, cocaine and hallucinogens.
  • Each year, drug abuse and drug addiction cost employers over 122 billion dollar in lost productivity time and another 15 billion dollars in health insurance costs.
  • Baltimore, Maryland has more per capita individuals living with heroin addiction than any other state in the U.S.
  • Since 1990, the number of individuals who take prescription drugs illegally is believed to have risen by over 500 percent.

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