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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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