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Why Ending Addiction Changes Everything

As science unlocks the complex addiction puzzle we will find new, better ways to prevent, treat and perhaps even eliminate this devastating disease. This is changing the way doctors, researchers and the public view and treat addiction and substance use. By better understanding this complex disease, we will improve health, save lives and save money. Ending addiction will change everything.

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Addiction by the Numbers

Addiction by the Numbers

Less than 2 cents goes to prevention and treatment
Each year federal, state and local governments spend close to $500 billion on addiction and substance abuse, but for every dollar that federal and state governments spend, only 2 cents goes to prevention and treatment.

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More than 90% began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18.
More than 90% of people with a substance problem began smoking, drinking or using other drugs before age 18.

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