Nationally, the US has 60 million smokers, 14 million dependent on alcohol, and 14 million illicit drug users. One quarter of Americans over 15 have physiologic dependence on at least one addictive substance. A quarter of all deaths in the US are caused by addictive substances: alcohol, tobacco, drugs. There are an additional 40 million injuries and illnesses per year. Locally, one Connecticut therapist reports sending 30 of her patients under age 22 to in-patient treatment for opiate abuse.
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Reynolds, Jacob, "Addiction Burden and Resources for Patients in Connecticut" (2014). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 34.