Substance use disorders (SUDs), also known as substance abuse or addiction, affect an estimated 20 million or more adolescents and adults in the U.S. This guidance provides philanthropic funders with the tools & information to reduce immediate harm from substance use disorders and reduce the burden of the disorder over the long term. This includes reducing the damage the disorder causes to people with SUDs and their loved ones, reducing the overall incidence of SUDs, and reducing SUD-related costs to society.
We present four strategies for philanthropic funders who want to help:
- Save lives and reduce SUD-related illness and homelessness
- Improve access to evidence-based treatment
- Improve SUD care by changing systems and policies
- Fund innovation to improve prevention and treatment