According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs accounted for 820 billion dollars in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care services. Nearly 20 million Americans suffer from substance misuse, but only 3.7 million received treatment. Of those who receive treatment, the risk of relapse is high, ranging from 40-60% within a year of treatment. Improvement in the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD) is necessary to improve the health of our society.
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