10 Percent of Americans Have Had Drug Use Disorder But Many Go Untreated: Study

An estimated 10 percent of Americans have had a drug use disorder at some time in their lives, but many have gone untreated, according to a new study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Only about one-quarter of people who have ever had a drug use disorder received treatment, the study found.

“Based on these findings, more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use,” George F. Koob, PhD, NIAAA Director, said in a news release. “Given these numbers, and other recent findings about the prevalence and under-treatment of alcohol use disorder in the U.S., it is vitally important that we continue our efforts to understand the underlying causes of drug and alcohol addiction, their relationship to other psychiatric conditions and the most effective forms of treatment.”

Full story of Americans with drug use disorder at drugfree.org

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Will Savage

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