Drug use is on the rise in the U.S. and there are sobering statistics to back it up. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that in 2013, 24.6 million Americans over age 12 had used an illegal drug in the past month, up over 8 percent from the previous year. Things have gotten so bad that the Obama administration approved over $10 billion for drug education and expanded access to treatment in order to fight the growing epidemic.
There are certain areas of the country where certain drugs are more prevalent. Information released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) shows which areas have the worst drug problems across the country. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest rising problem, but use of heroin, cocaine and marijuana remains steady.
Let’s take a look at which states have the biggest problems and which substances are their drug of choice. When you need a Wilmington drug and alcohol treatment center you can trust, call Legacy Freedom.
Drugs Addictions By State
Many news outlets have covered the increase of drug use in New England because it has been so extreme. The dramatic increase has made it one of the biggest issues of the last several years. Vermont is at the center of this problem. In the last decade, there has been an increase of 250 percent of people seeking treatment for heroin addiction. In just the last year, there was a 40 percent increase. Heroin is not the only drug they struggle with - marijuana and cocaine are also popular, but they are not as widespread as heroin and prescription drug abuse.
Although it’s the smallest state, it has had a large increase in heroin addiction, much like its cousin state Vermont. In just four years, the number of people seeking treatment rose 40 percent. It has been one of the top five states in the country for illegal drug use according to surveys of people 12 and older.
Like its fellow New England states, it has seen a rise in heroin use in the past several years. With a rise in drug use, comes an increase in overdoses. In just one year, 185 people in Massachusetts died from a heroin overdose.
Other states that have higher rates of heroin problems over other states include: Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Maine.
Cocaine and crack are popular in the D.C. area. Of people receiving drug treatment, 32 percent are in for addiction to cocaine or crack according to data from 2011. Heroin is also a popular drug.
Georgia is another state with a cocaine problem. There aren’t other states with a large enough percentage of cocaine or crack abuse to make the list.
Stimulants like methamphetamine have the highest rates in Nevada. Treatment for meth addiction made up 27 percent of enrollment. In Las Vegas and Carson City, there were almost 1900 people admitted into programs for stimulant addiction. Nevada also shows a large increase in treatment for opiate addiction, citing an increase of 112 percent in 2013.
Utah, which borders Nevada, also has a higher rate of stimulants than other drugs. California is another state with a higher rate.
Check out part two to see how the rest of the states rate.
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