The annual economic costs of addiction…

Addiction costs us over $200 billion annually in direct medical costs. It’s a leading driver to chronic physical and mental illness issues such as heart disease and depression. It directly impacts infectious disease such as sexually transmitted illnesses.  Addiction increases incidents and accidents that clog our emergency rooms and hospitals.

Workdays lost every year to addiction…

Yep, 500 million days, or 2 million man-years. Gone.  Addiction costs employers over $1700/employee in increased health care costs, absenteeism, lost productivity, higher turnover, poor engagement, and increased industrial accidents. That’s just under $300 million annually.

Employees with addiction problems lose fully one-third of their work function and are three times more likely to show up late for work than their peers.  They are five time more likely to file workers compensation claims.

Time until the next addiction induced suicide…

That’s 350 people EVERY SINGLE DAY. Suicide rates for those struggling from addiction is 30 times greater than their peers. Nearly 80,000 PEOPLE die from excessive alcohol use every year.  It is responsible for over 1/3 of accidental deaths.

Children living in homes where one or both parents struggle with addiction face increased domestic violence, higher mortality rates,  and significantly greater risks of suicide, teen pregnancy, addiction, anxiety, depression, school problems, and unemployment.  Their life is hell.

Percent of total manslaughters and assaults driven by alcohol…

67 is also the percent of parents in the child welfare system that require treatment for addictions, the percentage of children in the foster care system that got there due to parental addictions, and the percentage of detained juveniles suffering from addictions. Get it?

Alcohol is also a key factor in over half of all murders and attempted murders. Nearly 80% of offenders have substance abuse issues and over half of all inmates are clinically addicted to drugs and alcohol. The estimated annual costs of these crimes? You guessed it, 67 again. $67 billion a year.