The Facts

30% of people over the age of 12 abuse drugs or alcohol.

 

Fig. 1

Drug Overdose Deaths

More than 50,000 people die in the United States every year from drug overdose, and those numbers are skyrocketing. 

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Fig. 2

Incidence of Addiction

One in three people in Charlevoix, Emmet and Cheboygan counties has a problem with substance abuse. 

 
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Fig. 3

Prevalence of Addiction

The problem of addiction is eight times larger than the problem of cancer.

 
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Fig. 4

Gender Impact of Drug Overdose

4,772 Michigan residents died in 2009-2012 due to accidental drug overdose.

 
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Ripple Effect 

Approximately one-third of the U.S. population is a primary or secondary victim of addiction.

 
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Summary

Addiction knows no boundaries.  Appearance, background, gender, wealth and ethnicity mean nothing.  Addiction can build up over time, or it can be triggered at the first sip, smoke, snort or shot.   It is prevalent and destructive, and we must help people find a way out.