Prevalence and Incidence of Drug abuse


About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Drug abuse usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Drug abuse at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Drug abuse refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Drug abuse diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Drug abuse: more than 4 million women need treatment for drug abuse (NWHIC)
Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 68 or 1.47% or 4 million people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Drug abuse: Research indicates that more than 4 million women need treatment for drug abuse.1

Prevelance statistics about Drug abuse: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Drug abuse:

  • 19.5 million people over the age of 12 use illegal drugs in the US (Mayo Clinic)
  • 19,000 deaths from drug addiction in the US (Mayo Clinic)

1. excerpt from Drug Abuse and Treatment: NWHIC

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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