Addiction is a deadly and costly epidemic 

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
~ Mark Twain
  • In 2015, there were 1,236 overdose deaths in Indiana, more than double the fatalities that occurred in 2005.  Indiana placed 17th in the nation for drug overdose fatalities. I

  • In 2016, there were 153 Indiana children removed from homes that contained a meth lab.

  • In 2014, close to 23,000 arrests were made in Indiana for the possession or sale of drugs, in addition to nearly 28,000 arrests for DUI and public intoxication.

  • In 2015, a total of 8,642 alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents took place in Indiana, which resulted in 152 fatalities.

  • 2010 estimates indicate the costs of alcohol use in Indiana exceeded $4.4 billion.

  • The costs attributable to drug overdose deaths were estimated at over $1.4 billion, per 2010 estimates.

  • In 2015, opioid abuse cost the state over $650 million in healthcare costs. 

  • Transmission of HIV and hepatitis C is on the rise due to shared needles of drug abusers.  

  • Heroin addiction among young adults (between 18 and 25) has doubled in the past 10 years.

  • Over 20 million people nationwide suffer from drug and alcohol abuse issues. 

  • The cost of treatment and incarceration run nearly $700 billion annually for taxpayers. 

 

References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; National Institute on Drug Abuse; Indiana State Police; 

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