Drug and substance abuse is a major problem in the United States. In 2014 for example, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), up to 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and above had a substance abuse problem. A majority of these were battling with alcohol use disorder.
In addition to that, 7 million Americans were also suffering from a drug use disorder. The high prevalence of drug and substance abuse in the nation comes at a huge cost particularly regarding healthcare costs as well as criminal justice and legal costs.
Drug and substance abuse are especially common among young American adults with the NSDUH estimating that at least 1 out of every 6 Americans aged between 18 and 25 suffered from drug addiction in 2014.