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How much of a problem is drug addiction in the United States?

Drug addiction is deadly and yet it still is not well understood by both the medical community and the public. In any given year, almost half of the U.S. adult population suffers from a severe addiction, and yet there is still a lot of stigma around addicts or people who suffer from this disease. Even their treatment, such as in methadone clinics, has very negative connotations associated with it. 

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