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How many people suffer from addiction?
Addiction is Western Society’s largest public health care problem and it is estimated that more than 30 million people in the United States and Europe suffered from chronic alcohol and drug abuse in 1997; approximately 22 million alcoholics, 6 million cocaine abusers and almost 2 million heroin addicts. There were also approximately 250,000 emergency room admissions for cocaine overdose and rapidly increasing number of MAP overdoses. In 1997, an estimated 2 million people sought treatment for their drug and alcohol addictions at approximately 1200 drug rehabilitation clinics in the United States and Europe.
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