Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. Left untreated, its consequences create a significant public health burden. Its physical and mental health effects range from illness and disability to death. The state focuses its efforts on prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription and illegal drugs and gambling. This chapter offers a broad overview of local and national data for children and adults.

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Dependence and Abuse - Substance Use Among Youth - Substance Use Among Young Adults (18-25) - Substance Use Among Adults - Treatment Need - Opioid Related Morbidity and Mortality - Tobacco Use - Exposure to Secondhand Tobacco Smoke - Policy Perspective: Constance Horgan, ScD, Professor and Director of the Institute for Behavioral Health Schneider Institute for Health Policy, Brandeis University

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