Nebraska Healthy People 2020: Substance Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are approximately 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year, making this the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. According to HealthyPeople.gov, in 2005 an estimated 22 million Americans struggled with a drug or alcohol problem. Almost 95 percent of people with substance use problems are considered unaware of their problem. Of those who recognize their problem, 273,000 have made an unsuccessful effort to obtain treatment. Substance abuse contributes to costly social, physical and mental health problems, with detrimental impacts on individuals, families and communities. Substance abuse is linked with other public health issues, including teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, domestic violence, child abuse, motor vehicle crashes, physical fights, crime, homicide and suicide.