“Substance Abuse is a National Public Health Crisis that robs the United States of its most valuable asset: its people” – 2016 Surgeon General Report
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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. Because of Substance Abuse, the average life expectancy in the US is lowered by 4 months.
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.