In Collin County and across America, 18 million persons abuse or are
addicted to alcohol. Tobacco causes 400,000 deaths each year, killing
more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, suicides and
fires combined. And nearly half of all Americans say they know someone
with a drug problem.
The toll of substance abuse can be measured in lost lives and dollars
spent dealing with its effects. Each year there are more deaths and disabilities
from substance abuse than from any other preventable cause. Of 2 million
deaths each year, one in four is attributable to alcohol, illicit drug,
or tobacco use.
The cost of dealing with illicit drugs alone approaches $67 billion annually.
Every man, woman and child in America pays nearly $1,000 a year to cover
the costs of unnecessary health care, additional law enforcement, auto
accidents, crime and lost productivity resulting from substance abuse.
The problematic use of alcohol, illicit drugs and tobacco places an enormous
burden on society, harming health, family life, the economy and public
safety. No segment of society is immune to its effects.
Substance abuse can tear families apart, cause
pain and injury, and lead to domestic violence, failed marriages, and
child abuse or neglect.
Substance abuse is negatively affecting the quality
of education in our nation’s schools, from elementary level to college
In Our Communities
Substance abuse doesn’t just hurt the abuser. Its
effects echo throughout our communities, resulting in crime, unemployment,
unsafe streets, and lost neighborhoods.
In the Criminal Justice System
Illicit drugs and alcohol are partners in crime. The
link is visible every day in the nation’s courtrooms, jails, and
In the Healthcare System
Substance abuse strains the national and local healthcare
system. Billions of dollars are spent each year on the cost of treating
a host of illnesses related to drinking, smoking, and illicit drug use.
If you are abusing substances or if you know someone who needs help, please
call or visit a professional resource in your area. At Collin County Substance
Abuse, your needs will be assessed by caring professionals who will provide
access to local and national treatment providers. The information obtained
in our office will always be confidential and will be released to others
only on a ‘need to know basis’.