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Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 22- 27, 2019 is designated as Drug and Alcohol Facts Week by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Initialized in 2010, we dedicate this week to raising awareness about the substance abuse epidemic affecting communities across the United States. Drug and Alcohol Facts Week reminds us that none of us are immune to the impact of addiction.

Lifetime Drug Use Statistics (2017):

122.94 million Americans have used marijuana

40.55 million Americans have used cocaine

26.07 million Americans have used LSD

19.17 million Americans have used ecstasy

14.72 million Americans have used methamphetamine

9.60 million Americans have used crack cocaine

5.30 million Americans have used heroin


Marijuana’s perceived safety and social acceptance has contributed to its place as the most used controlled substance in the United States. Despite legalization in certain states, marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule I controlled substance by the DEA. While marijuana may not carry the dangers of harder drugs like heroin and other opioids, marijuana addiction affects millions of Americans each day.

2017 Annual Drug Use Statistics:

40.94 million Americans used marijuana

6 million Americans have used cocaine

2.5 million Americans have used ecstasy

2.24 million Americans have used LSD

1.63 million Americans have used methamphetamine

930,000 Americans have used crack cocaine

886,000 Americans have used heroin

Teen Drug Abuse Statistics (2017):

6.6% of high school students used hallucinogens at least once in 2017

5.5% of female students

5.8% Hispanic females

1.4% Non-Hispanic black females

6.4% Non-Hispanic white females

7.6% of male students

8.2% Hispanic males

4.8% Non-Hispanic black males

7.9% Non-Hispanic white males

16.1% of students between 8th and 12th grade used illicit substances within the last 30 days. This is .6% higher than the 2016 rate.

2018 Alcohol Use Statistics:

31% of men and 20% of women over the age of 18 (but not necessarily of legal drinking age) had at least one heavy drinking day (five or more drinks) in 2018.

23.2% of Hispanic adults

18.2% of Non-Hispanic black adults

30.8% of Non-Hispanic white adults


36% of adults between the ages of 25 and 44 had at least one heavy drinking day.

44.4% of 25 to 44 year old males had at least one heavy drinking day.

28.3% of 25 to 44 year old females had at least one heavy drinking day.


Like marijuana, alcohol is more socially acceptable than other illicit substances despite being a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Impaired driving spikes during the holiday months, leading to the development of Impaired Driving Prevention Month and M.A.D.D’s ‘Tie One on for Safety’ campaign.

If you or someone you know is struggling with drug or alcohol abuse, help is out there. Contact us today to learn about our treatment options.