More than 851,000 Ohioans suffer from substance dependence or abuse. However, only 11 percent of those needing treatment for alcohol and drug problems presently receive it. About half of all workersâ€™ compensation claims in Ohio are related to alcohol or drug abuse in the workplace. Approximately 80 percent of Ohio inmates have a substance disorder. More than 80 percent of adolescents involved in the criminal justice system report witnessing or being victimized by high levels of violence at home, at school or in their neighborhood. Nearly one-third of these youths report significant mental health problems.
The costs of not addressing these and other public health challenges are staggering: