To the surprise of many addiction treatment admissions throughout the U.S have maintained a somewhat steady rate, although there have been regional shifts in substance abuse admissions that have created a stir.
For every 100,000 people there were 770 treatment admissions over a ten year period (1998-2008). Alcohol is the number one drug of abuse and declined uniformly across the country 15 percent with the North Center states remaining constant.
Although alcohol treatment admissions showed improvement, treatment admissions for illicit drug abuse have risen. Admissions treatment for marijuana increased 30 percent across the board in every region which aligns with more and more states legalizing the drug during this time.
Addiction treatment admissions for opioid pain killers took to a staggering increase of 345 percent throughout the country in every region. The official reports regarding these statistics can be seen at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Applied Studies website.
Most of the addicts we deal with are those seeking help for addiction to opioid painkillers like Oxycontin, Percocet or Vicodin and later moving onto street drugs like heroin. There are more addicts coming right out of the doctor’s office today then heroin and cocaine combined. It is quite common for those addicted to seek the aid of their physician in coming off the drug only to be prescribed more, leading to more problems and weakening the ability of the addict to truly confront the issues at hand.
Treatment admissions for methamphetamine addiction have risen a whopping 53 percent since 1998, although the level has dropped consistently since 2005 at its peak. Addiction Treatment admissions for meth addiction were significantly higher in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
These latest reports show mixed results on heroin addiction. Overall heroin treatment admissions dropped, but rose significantly in several states. We predict these statistics will rise as the number of prescription drug addicts will experience difficulty obtaining the prescription drugs and look to score heroin due to the availability. Mexican drug cartels are responsible for the heroin supply for the most part.
The news on cocaine was more uplifting showing 23 percent reduction in the cocaine treatment admission rate nationally over this period and decreases in every region of the country. The Middle Atlantic States had the highest levels of cocaine admission rates throughout this period.
These reports are good for knowing the future of addiction treatment and admissions.Some addicts seeking inpatient drug rehabs after having a surgery or an accident then not realizing the potential for abuse. As a result, heroin and opiate addiction will rise over the coming years. More importantly as the long term effects of anti-depressants come to pass, even more drugs will be prescribed with many suffering with lack of hope for any real help. However many experts and policy makers will analyze these data, policy makers can hopefully provide better direction of the limited resources and meet the treatment needs of people living in states and communities.