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America's Silent Crisis: Addiction -- Downturn Fuels Rising Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Phoenix House Study Reveals
Date:6/23/2009

receive the treatment they need."

The economic downturn is having serious repercussions in the rising use of drugs and alcohol, the study found:

  • 29% feel that younger people are abusing illegal drugs more than usual, and 26% think younger people are drinking more in this economy.
  • 18% feel their friends and neighbors are drinking more than usual, and 17% say that is true of their co-workers.
  • 8% admit they are abusing drugs more than usual, and 7% admit they are drinking more.

"What these rising numbers underscore is a dangerous, and growing, gap between the need for treatment and the community resources that are available. States, local governments, and non-profits are all facing tremendous budget shortfalls -- and they are cutting the resources to help this growing group of addicts in trouble, just when they need it the most," warns Mr. Meitiner.

"We must recognize and address the debilitating effects of addiction on all of us -- whether the addict is a family member, neighbor, or co-worker. Re-allocating resources to treatment is vital not only to the well-being of our communities but to our very ability to weather the severity of this downturn."

Phoenix House has launched a blog on its website (www.phoenixhouse.org) entitled "Rising Above Addiction" (http://phoenixhouse.wordpress.com). The blog will address a wide variety of issues related to addiction and treatment, including news and trends affecting or affected by addiction.

If you would like to speak with Mr. Meitiner, or other experts at Phoenix House, please contact Davia Temin or Suzanne Oaks of Temin and Company at 212-58
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