* By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide
— presentation: “Current and Future Directions for Prevention in Higher Education”, SAMHSA, CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute, July 22, 2013. Richard Lucey, Jr., Special Assistant to the Director, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
* Marijuana Use Disorder is on the rise – one in six adolescents who have ever used it experiences marijuana dependency or addiction.
— Anthony, D.C., Warner, L.A., Kessler, R.C. (1994). Comparative epidemiology of dependance on tabacco, alcohol, controlled substances, and inhalants: Basic findings from the National Comorbidity Survey. Experiential and Clinical Psycho-pharmacology, 2. 244.
* Surveys of drug-treament centers now find that more youth are in treatment for marijuana abuse or dependence than for the use of alcohol and all other drugs combined.
— SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies. (2009) Treatment episode data set (TEDS): 2009 discharges from substance abuse treatment services, DASIS.