Overdose deaths increased by 22% from 2015 to 2016 – and is now the leading cause of death for those under the age of 50.  National Institute on Drug Abuse

Fentanyl deaths increased by 540% in the last 3 years.  National Institute on Drug Abuse

The U.S. has more people behind bars than any other country in the world, yet we have 4% of the world’s population and 27% of the world’s drug overdoses.  NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet, 2013 statistics

1 in every 18 men in the U.S. is either incarcerated or on probation or parole. Pew Research study entitled ‘One in 31, The Long Reach of American Corrections’

1 in 28 children in the U.S. have a parent who is currently incarcerated!  The Pew Charitable Trusts

According to studies reported by Dr. Carl Hart of Columbia University, regardless of the severity of the initial offense, teens who are incarcerated are 3 X more likely to be re-incarcerated as adults, compared with those not incarcerated, but who committed similar offenses. The future of incarceration wasn’t the crime committed, but the penalty that created an identity as a criminal, and wiped out opportunities.  

Only 1 in 10 in need of treatment are able to get it.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Of 985,375 active physicians in the U.S., only about 1,200 practice addiction medicine, and only 355 are practicing addiction psychiatrists.

Of the 28 billion in funding for substance use disorder, only 1.9 cents of every dollar is spent on any type of prevention or treatment. The rest is spent on punitive strategies including arrest, prosecution, incarceration, and probation and parole. The National Center at Columbia report entitled ‘ Addiction Medicine: Closing the Gap Between Science and Practice’.