National Addiction Treatment Week 2018 is taking place this year from April 23–29. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is holding its second annual awareness week. This event is also in collaboration with the American Medical Association (AMA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and others. Addiction in America By The Numbers

    • An estimated 20.5 million Americans suffer from the disease of addiction. Of those diagnosed with addiction, only about 10 percent received the treatment they needed.
    • In 2015, nearly 2.3 million Americans suffered from opioid addiction, yet there was only enough treatment capacity to treat 1.4 million people, leaving nearly 1 million people untreated.
    • More than 30 million people live in counties that do not have a single provider of medication-assisted treatment.


Opioid Epidemic

Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled.

  • 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
  • The United States makes up around 4 percent of the world population, yet it uses over 80 percent of the global supply of opioids.
  • From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the United States from overdoses related to prescription opioids.


The Treatment Gap for Alcohol Addiction

Nearly 15.1 million adults suffer from alcohol use disorder, yet less than 10% diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD) receive proper treatment.  

  • An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the 4th leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • Globally, alcohol misuse is the 5th leading risk factor for premature death and disability; among people between the ages of 15 and 49, it is ranked first.
  • In 2010, alcohol misuse cost the United States $249 Billion.

National Addiction Treatment Week is an initiative which promotes that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and recovery is possible. The week also highlights the need for clinicians to enter the field of addiction medicine.  

The week kicks off with a social media event called #AddictionIsADisease Thunderclap which encourages all of us to spread the message across all social media platforms. You can sign up here for a reminder to participate. Throughout the week ASAM will hold additional special social engagements, online interactive campaigns, and live webinars focusing on addiction medicine, including a webinar explaining how to become board certified in addiction medicine under the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

For more information about National Addiction Treatment Week and a list of the week’s events you can visit the event’s official website.

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