Drug Abuse and Addiction:  One of America's Most Challenging Public Health Problems
National Institute on Drug Abuse
June 2005

As a way to succinctly present some of the significant reasons why drug abuse and addiction are such challenging public health problems, staff at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have compiled some key facts, graphics and messages. We hope this resource will be useful to you as you continue to educate yourself and others on this critical issue.