DRUG ABUSE STATISTICS
When we look at the news and general media discourse regarding drug and alcohol addiction, the subject matter is not that encouraging. It is easy enough to find headlines on “The Top Five States Most Affected by Drug Addiction,” or “The Three States with the Worst Drug Overdose Problems,” or “These Ten Cities Have the Most Drug Use in the Country,” and so on.
The U.S. struggles with an addiction problem, but this is not a problem that affects all of us equally. While there are over 20 million people in the U.S. who misuse drugs and alcohol regularly, some demographics and specific sectors of the population tend to suffer more than others do.
When it comes to addiction in 21st-century America, almost all of our attention is focused intently on opioids. But what about the country’s other drug problems? In fact, what about our addiction to pharmaceutical benzodiazepines, a prescription drug class which is just addictive and potentially lethal as opioids?