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Untreated addiction and risky use

Untreated addiction and risky use

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Untreated addiction and risky substance use cause or contribute to more than 70 other conditions requiring medical care, including: 

  • Cancer of the bladder, esophagus, larynx, lung, liver, pancreas, breast and mouth 
  • Heart disease and stroke 
  • Pulmonary disease 
  • Cirrhosis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis
  • Accidents and trauma 

Addiction and risky substance use also co-occur with and, in some cases, may cause or worsen a range of other medical conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, conduct disorder, eating disorders, high blood pressure and gastritis. 

Addiction and risky substance use are responsible for more than 20% of all deaths in the U.S. each year.


  • CASAColumbia. (2012). Addiction medicine: Closing the gap between science and practice.
16% of state budget funds are spent on risky substance use and addiction.

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