A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users—9.4 percent of this age group. Released in conjunction with the 25th annual observance of National Recovery Month, the report further reveals that among those aged 12 and older, there were 4.5 million current nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers (1.7 percent), 1.5 million current cocaine users (0.6 percent), 595,000 methamphetamine users (0.2 percent), and 289,000 current heroin users (0.1 percent). Although an estimated 22.7 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem, only 2.5 million persons received treatment at a specialty facility. Studies of this kind, though not specifically in the realm of workers’ compensation, are key to understanding how prescription and non-prescription drugs affect the life of a workers’ compensation claim in America today. Read the findings from SAMHSA here.