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 "Saving One Soul At A Time" through Spiritual and Physical Healing for Comprehensive Transformation...

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The Nation's Challenges

Substance Abuse Statistics

Among Americans aged 12 years and older, 37.309 million were current

illegal drug users (used within the last 30 days) as of 2020


  • 13.5% of Americans 12 and over used drugs in the last month, a 3.8% increase year-over-year (YoY).

  • 59.277 million or 21.4% of people 12 and over have used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year.

  • 138.543 million or 50.0% of people aged 12 and over have illicitly used drugs in their lifetime.

  • Usership among people aged 12 and over is down 0.4% YoY.

  • 138.522 million Americans 12 and over drink alcohol.

  • 28.320 million or 20.4% of them have an alcohol use disorder.

  • 57.277 million people use tobacco or nicotine products (vape).

  • 25.4% of illegal drug users have a drug disorder.

  • 24.7% of those with drug disorders have an opioid disorder; this includes prescription pain relievers or “pain killers” and heroin).

  • Drug abuse and substance disorders are more likely to affect young males


  • 22% of males and 17% of females used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year.


  • 5% of people in non-metropolitan, rural counties used illegal drugs compared to 20.2% of people in larger metropolitan counties.

  • Drug use is highest among persons between the ages of 18-25 at 39% compared to persons aged 26-29, at 34%.

  • 70% of users who try an illegal drug before age 13 develop a substance abuse disorder within the next 7 years compared to 27% of those who try an illegal drug after age 17.

  • 47% of young people use an illegal drug by the time they graduate from high school; other users within the last 30 days include:

1.  5% of 8th graders.

2.  20% of 10th graders.

3.  24% of 12th graders.

4.  Opioid Abuse

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized expansion of Medicare coverage to include opioid treatment programs delivering MAT (medication-assisted-treatment) effective Jan. 1, 2020.

  • 9.49 million or 3.4% of Americans aged 12 and older misuse opioids at least once over a 12-month period.

  • 12-month opioid usership among Americans 12 and over declined 8.1% from 2019 to 2020.

  • 2.702 million or 1.0% individuals 12 and over qualify as having an opioid use disorder.

  • 9.7 million or 96.6% of opioid misusers use prescription pain relievers.

  • 745,000 or 7.4% of opioid misusers abuse heroin; 404,000 or 4.0% use heroin and prescriptions.

  • Hydrocodone is the most popular prescription opioid, with 5.1 million misusers.

  • Taking opioids for a period longer than 3 months increases the risk of addiction 15 times- most persons in acute pain rarely need more than 7 days’ worth

More Astonishing and Sad Statistics

The national opioid prescription rate peaked in 2012 with over 255 million prescriptions, an average of 81.3 prescriptions per 100 persons.


  • In 2015, opioids were still being prescribed at a rate that would medicate every American around the clock (5mg of hydrocodone every 4 hours) for 3 weeks.


  • By 2018, the number had declined to 51.4 prescriptions per 100 persons.

  • In 11% of US counties, there are still enough opioid prescriptions dispensed for every resident to have one.

  • In 2018, 51.3% of Americans obtained their illegal pain medication from a friend or relative.

  • Between 2016 and 2017, global opium production jumped 65% to 10,500 tons.

  • In Afghanistan, alone production reached 9,000 tons/year, an increase of 87%.

  • More than 75% of opium poppy cultivation occurs in Afghanistan.

  • The most common type of substance exposure reported to poison control centers is illegal or misused prescription opioids, with nearly 284,000 cases of exposure, including:

  • 44% of cases were for children under the age of 5, including 5,300 exposures to heroin and fentanyl.

  • The exposure of children under 5 to marijuana increased by 148% over a 7-year period.

  • Exposure to prescription opioids increased 93% each year over a 9-year period.

  • NCDAS: Substance Abuse and Addiction Statistics [2023]

     Drug-Related Deaths

  • Accidental drug overdose is a leading cause of death among persons under the age of 45.

  • Over 70,000 drug overdose deaths occur in the US annually.

  • The number of overdose deaths increases at an annual rate of 4.0%.

  • From 2012 to 2015, the US saw a 264% increase in synthetic opioid (other than methadone) deaths.

  • Between 1999-2017, over 700,000 people died of drug overdoses in the US.


  • In 2017, 67.8% of the 70,237 drug overdose deaths were opioid-related, including:

  • 28,466 deaths were fentanyl-related.

  • 17,029 deaths were prescription- opioid-related.

  • 15,482 deaths were heroin-related.

  • Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and tramadol increased by 10% between 2017 and 2018.

  • The average life expectancy in the United States actually declined between 2015 and 2017 due to opioid overdose deaths, only increasing 0.16% to 78.93 years in 2019.

  • In 2019, clinics who dealt with primary care, pain management or substance abuse disorders saw drastic increases in urine samples testing positive for potentially fatal drugs:

  • 4% of urine samples tested positive for meth, compared to 1.4% in 2013.

  • 5% of urine samples tested positive for fentanyl compared to 1% in 2013.

  • For more information, see our report on overdose deaths.

  • Signs of an Overdose

  • If you know someone who uses drugs, particularly opioids or fentanyl, watch for these overdose symptoms:

    • Cold, clammy skin

    • Cyanosis

    • Pinpoint Pupils

    • Slowed respiration

    • Unconsciousness


Our Program & Vision

Because of the challenges our Nation is facing, our #1 goal, is to make sure NOT ONE PERSON who calls upon us for help is told, 

“Sorry we can’t help you.”


  • Sierra's Sanctuary provides a twice a month Meeting Program 

 "Healing Hearts" 

Meetings held on the

1st & 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 P.M.

                     (doors open at 6:00 for fellowship and pizza)                            

  • Meeting Location:  Historical IOOF Building

371 High ST  Suite 2

Warren, OH  44481 


Our Non-profit Organization is also here to help educate and sponsor funding for those who are struggling with trauma afflictions and addictions, who lack direction and finances to get the help they so desperately need. 

To Actively Participate In

the Healing & Crisis 


Thank You for Making an Investment to Help Our Cause!


Your funds will be distributed among our weekly Healing Hearts Meetings, Transitional Living fund, education, support and sponsorship for those who are looking for help and do not know where to find it, and/or do not have the finances to secure help.




Payable to:
Sierra's Sanctuary Inc 

371 High St Suite 2
Warren, OH 44481



Sierra's Sanctuary receives 30% donation from

The World is Not Going to Stop for my Broken Heart 

Author - Amy Jo Giovannone 

The purpose of this book is to inspire, educate, and help. I want hurting people to see that regardless of our tragedies or present circumstances, we don’t have to live in or cause misery. I want people to know that when we’ve been stripped of everything that really matters, including our heart, faith will still be there just waiting for us to lean on. In a world where everything has such a high price, faith is free and powerful and it’s ours for the taking. No one can take faith away from us--only we ourselves can do that.
It’s okay to smile. It’s okay to laugh. And it’s okay to have fun even though a big piece of your heart is gone. It’s okay to enjoy life without feeling guilty. The best way to honor your child, your love, your sister, your brother, your father, or your mother is to live this life with no regrets. Your children who have passed would never want you to self-destruct. They would want you to do everything you’ve always wanted to do and try to be as happy as you can. Of course, they wouldn’t want you to forget about them. So don’t. Do all the things you’ve always wanted to do, and talk about what they would say or laugh about if they were here. Cry if you must—that’s okay too. But don’t stay in a miserable state. That would sadden your loved one the most. Depending upon which messages or lessons you want to absorb and relate to as they pertain to your own life’s circumstances, there is much value in this book for every reader. It is here to freely provide hope, faith, and love to all.

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