The Facts & Stats in Delaware

This work is a marathon, not a sprint. The opioid crisis is a complex issue that needs a complex solution. We need the  entire community to join the movement and to get engaged to bring recovery to our county and to our state. — Peggy Geisler, Executive Director of the Sussex County Health Coalition


  • 90% of addictions get their start in the teenage years. – CASA Columbia, 2012
  • Drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns and falling each year. – CDC, 2011
  • One person dies every 19 minutes from a drug overdose in the United States. – The Partnership at
  • 9 Million adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12-25 need help with drug and alcohol problems. – 2009, National Study on Drugs and Health
  • 85 Million people are impacted in some way by substance abuse from family members, friends, care givers & employers. – The Partnership at
  • $374 billion dollars per year are spent by federal and state governments on substance abuse and addiction, but only 1.9% of this dollar amount is spent on drug and alcohol prevention & treatment. – The Partnership at


  • Everyday 3,287 teens use marijuana for the First Time – NSDUH, SAMSHA, 2014
  • Of 2.4 Million marijuana users, 78% began to use between the ages of 12 to 20. – NSDUH, SAMSHA, 2014
  • In an average day 4,365 teens used an illicit drug (marijuana, prescription medications) for the first time – SAMHSA, 2012

Prescription Drugs

  • More than 2,000 kids everyday use a prescription medicine to get high for the first time. – The Partnership at
  • 1 in 4 Teens (5 million) report having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime (Ritalin, Adderall). – The Partnership at
  • Of those kids who said they abused Rx medications, one in five (20 percent) has done so before age 14. – The Partnership at


  • In 2012, an estimated 9.3 million underage persons (aged 12 to 20) drank alcohol, including 5.9 million binge drinkers and 1.7 million heavy drinkers. – SAMHSA, 2012

PARENTS: If you’re a concerned parent or caregiver, talk to your kids about the dangers of drug and alcohol use and misusing prescription drugs. When it comes to drugs, parents or caregivers are the greatest influence in their children’s lives.

Need Help? Visit Children who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents or  caregivers are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don’t get the information at home.

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