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Drug Addiction

Drug Statistics

The following are some interesting drug statistics. Private non-profit organizations operated the majority of facilities offering “all free” care and “partial free” facilities (73.8 and 68.1 percent, respectively). Among facilities offering “no free” care, approximately equal percentages were operated by private for-profit (46.9 percent) and private non-profit (46.4 percent) organizations. Facilities offering “all free” care (51.6 percent) were more likely than those in the “partial free” (30.5 percent) or “no free” (20.6 percent) groups to offer non- hospital residential care.

“All free” facilities were less likely than either “partial free” or “no free” facilities to have a specially designed group or program for DUI/DWI clients (5.2 vs. 28.5 vs. 30.5 percent).

Drug statistics show that among people who smoked cigarettes 13 to 24 months prior to the survey interview (i.e., year-before-last smokers), 4.1 percent (2.2 million persons) had successfully stopped smoking by the next year (i.e., did not smoke in the year prior to the survey interview). The past year smoking cessation rate was higher among females than males, higher among adults aged 26 to 34 than among persons in other age groups, and increased with increasing levels of education and income. Past year smoking cessation rates varied by State, ranging from a high of 6.8 percent in Vermont to a low of 1.8 percent in South Carolina.

Other little know drug statistics are as follows; combined 2006 to 2008 data indicate that 27.6 percent of persons aged 12 to 20 drank alcohol in the past month. Rates of underage past month alcohol use were among the lowest in Utah (13.7 percent) and among the highest in North Dakota (40.6 percent) and Vermont (40.4 percent).  Approximately 8.6 percent of past month drinkers aged 12 to 20 purchased their own alcohol the last time they drank.  The percentages of past month drinkers aged 12 to 20 who bought their own alcohol were among the lowest in Alaska (3.1 percent) and New Mexico (3.7 percent) and among the highest in Louisiana and the District of Columbia (both at 18.8 percent).

And last but, certainly not least among drug statistics, Among black adults aged 18 or older, rates of past month alcohol use and binge alcohol use were lower than the national average for adults (44.3 vs. 55.2 percent and 21.7 vs. 24.5 percent, respectively); the rate of past month illicit drug use, however, was higher than the national average (9.5 vs. 7.9 percent). The rate of need for treatment for an alcohol use problem in the past year among black adults was similar to that of the national average among adults (7.7 and 8.1 percent); however, the rate of need for treatment for an illicit drug use problem was higher among blacks than the national average (4.4 vs. 2.9 percent). One in seven (14.2 percent) black adults in need of alcohol treatment in the past year and 24.2 percent of those in need of illicit drug treatment received treatment at a specialty facility; both of these rates were higher than the national averages for adults.

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