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Substance Abuse Prevention

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The Scope of Substance Abuse in Wisconsin

Substance use, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, significantly affects the health and well-being of Wisconsin’s youth and people of all ages:
  • On average over 1,500 young people are rushed to the emergency department each day in this country as a result of alcohol and drug-related injuries (SAMHSA).
  • In Wisconsin in 2010, at least 1,732 people died, 3,511 were injured, and 67,345 were arrested as a direct result of alcohol use and misuse (WI Department of Health Services).
  • In 2010, 512 Wisconsin residents died as a direct consequence of illicit drug use. Wisconsin’s number of drug-related deaths has exceeded 500 in four of the past five years (WI Department of Health Services).

The health, social, and economic toll of substance abuse is tremendous. The sad thing is that the harm and devastation caused by substance abuse is preventable. Stopping substance abuse before it begins can increase a person’s chances of living a longer, healthier, and more productive life.