According to national surveys, drug and alcohol use has risen to its highest level in years, with countless numbers of individuals facing drug and alcohol addiction. Based on statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as well as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 20 million American people that are 12 years of age and older have needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Of these individuals, only 2.6 million received treatment at a specialty facility, thereby demonstrating that an increase in drug and alcohol abuse is a dangerous trend in the US.
The misuse of opioids, including prescription drugs and heroin, is one of the most serious public health problems in the United States. Opioid misuse claims more lives than motor vehicle crashes. Providing access to effective care may prevent misuse and its consequences, such as overdose.