Alcohol and Drug Abuse Statistics (Facts About Addiction)
If you are thinking of seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one, you are not alone. The number of people suffering from addiction in America is astounding. Let’s take a look at some numbers starting with adolescents.
Statistics on Drug Addiction
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