DRUG ADDICTION AND OPIOIDS ARE RAVAGING AMERICA: Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives to drug abuse, and it will only get worse unless action is taken.

• Since 2000, over 300,000 Americans have died from overdoses involving opioids.

• Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., outnumbering both traffic crashes and gun-related deaths.

• In 2015, there were 52,404 drug overdose deaths – 33,091 of those deaths, almost two-thirds, involved the use of Opioids.

• According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, the national age-adjusted rate of opioid overdose deaths in 2015 was 10.4 deaths per 100,000 Americans.

• The increasing rate of deaths relating to prescription drug abuse has been classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A 12 ounce bottle or can of beer, a 5 ounce glass of wine, and a 1.5 ounce shot all have equivalent amounts of alcohol.

What is Meth (Methamphetamine)?
Meth is a synthetic stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Common names includes: Ice, Speed, Crystal and crank. Composition: Pseudoephedrine, a decongestant, and a number of toxic ingredients like lye and drain cleaner. Meth comes in powders, crystals and pills and is snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. Meth is extremely addictive. Meth causes significant brain damage. Meth users experience delusions and hallucinations, obsessive behavior, aggression, paranoia and anxiety/depression.

Addiction/Cannabis Use Disorder

  • 4.8 million Americans meet the criteria for Marijuana Use Disorder
  • Young people who use marijuana are 4 – 7 times more likely than adults to develop a drug problem
  • 9 – 50% of those who use marijuana develop a marijuana use disorder
  • 3 out of 10 cannabis users developed DSM IV criteria of cannabis use disorder
  • When parents use marijuana, they increase the risk of their marijuana, tobacco and alcohol use and opioid misuse in their children.
  • Youth marijuana addiction is double rate of alcohol addiction
  • Regular marijuana use in young adulthood resulted in increased risk of substance use disorder