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Things that might interest you about substance abuse:

As indicated in the 2010 Health Kentuckians Report, annual health care expenditures in Kentucky directly related to smoking are $1 billion. Combined costs for alcohol and other drugs to health care, law enforcement, motor vehicle crashes, crime and lost productivity have been calculated nearly $3.0 billion each year.

According to the 2002 Kentucky Treatment Outcome Study, for every dollar spent on treatment, tax payers save $4.16 in criminal justice costs alone.

According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), marijuana use and abuse is on the increase among youth in the United States.

10 million Americans experience dual disorders of both chemical dependency and an emotional or psychiatric illness.

Left untreated, children’s mental health problems can lead to social isolation, academic failure, substance abuse, juvenile justice involvement and even suicide.

40% of individuals with substance abuse problems display signs of a mental disorder prior to using.
 

59% of individuals with a lifetime history of drug abuse or dependence have a lifetime mental disorder.

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