$33B Spent on Substance Abuse Treatment
33K Deaths from Opioid Overdose
67K Deaths from Drug Overdose
88K Deaths from Alcohol Misuse
Only 11% receive treatment, and few receive Evidence-Based care
23MM Americans Require Treatment for Substance Abuse
Pharmacotherapy represents only 3.6% of the treatment spend for Substance Abuse
“The Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America” - NYT Jan 19, 2016
Pharmacotherapy is 28% of the treatment spend for Mental Health
The 2016 Surgeon General's report classifies addiction and substance misuse as a "national public health crisis."
In the US in 2015, 67,000 deaths were due to drug overdose, 88,000 deaths were alcohol related, and 22 million people were addicted to alcohol or other drugs. The abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs costs more than $700 billion annually for related crime, lost work productivity, and health care. A total of $33 billion is spent each year to treat substance abuse, but only 11% of those who need treatment are treated and less than 4% of treatment spending is for pharmacotherapy.
There is a clear unmet need for better treatments and for greater treatment utilization, with a large opportunity for safe and effective pharmacotherapy to treat substance abuse and addiction.