The Boston Medical Center has created a comprehensive fact sheet on addiction and its overall impact. According to the Boston Medical Center:
Addiction Can Occur from:
More than 20 million people in the United States now live with an addiction, costing more than $400 billion in health-related costs each year.
Who is Affected?
Everyone is affected by addiction. It is not a disease of the underserved, of those who encountered a rough patch in life, or the uneducated. It is affecting every socioeconomic bracket of our country, every neighborhood, and every ethnicity. Consider the following:
The most dramatic metric of substance abuse – overdose deaths – is increasing rapidly.
*Information in the toolkit is adapted from the Boston Medical Center’s opioid resources https://www.bmc.org/addiction*
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