Last year, 20,894 people between 10 and 19 years old were treated for addictions to alcohol and drugs by the Ministry of Health in the country. Ie, 0.66% of the population in the country of those ages. Almost 80% is concentrated in Guayas. This can not be compared with data from 2014, because from September of that year, the assistance program gradually began by cities and by age group.
According to the Health Ministry, the first month of residential therapy costs US $ 1 271 to the state. The following months, depending on the evolution of the patient, up to $ 1,121 each person.