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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Statistics

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What you will learn:
Drug and alcohol abuse statistics
Where the closest treatment center is to you
Statistics about cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, and alcohol use
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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.

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Statistics on Drug Addiction


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