Colorado Drug Addiction and Treatment Information

It should be noted that these pages are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.

Alcohol Addiction in Colorado

According to the TEDS 2014 survey, Colorado had 1,035 or more individuals per 100,000 admitted to treatment for alcohol abuse as the primary drug of choice.

The Behavioral Health Barometers state survey for 2014 found that in 2013, 353,000 people 12 years of age or older were dependent on or abused alcohol.

268,000 adults 21 or older reported heavy alcohol use in any year between 2009-2013. (BHB)

Colorado Addiction Treatment Statistics

The NSSATS 2010 Colorado state profile found 437 substance abuse treatment facilities with 39,749 individuals enrolled.

There were 229 treatment centers in 2010 with a primary focus of substance abuse treatment with 21,263 people enrolled, 169 centers had a mix of mental health and substance abuse treatment services with 15,567 individuals admitted. (NSSATS)

385 centers had 16,471 people admitted for alcohol and drug abuse problems in 2010. 7,593 people were enrolled in 316 substance abuse treatment facilities for drug abuse problems only with 15,473 persons were enrolled in 365 treatment facilities for alcohol addiction only. (NSSATS)

Commonly Abused Drugs in Colorado

About 117,000 individuals aged 12 or older were dependent on or abused illicit drugs each year from 2009-2013. (BHB)

On a single day count in 2013, 42,256 people were enrolled in substance abuse treatment. On the same single day count, 39.7% of those enrolled in treatment were there for both alcohol and drug problems. 38.4% were admitted for alcohol abuse only with 21.9% enrolled for drug abuse only. (BHB)


In 2011, 123-164 persons per 100,000 entered treatment for marijuana addiction. (TEDS)



prescription-drugs-thumbnailPrescription Drugs
The rate of people entering substance abuse treatment for prescription drug abuse rose from 23-35 individuals per 100,000 in 2007 to 36-77 persons per 100,000 in 2009-2011 each year (TEDS). 5.1% of the states population in 2012 abused painkillers. (CODOHS)



Between 2009-2011, 69-98 people per 100,000 each year entered treatment for cocaine abuse as a primary addiction.



In 2011, 26-106 individuals per 100,000 were enrolled in treatment for heroin addiction(TEDS). 25-34 year olds accounted for 1/3 of heroin deaths in 2012. (CODOHS)



opiates-thumbnailOther Opiates
According to a Colorado state survey in 2010, 1,955 people entered drug addiction treatment programs for opiates other than heroin.



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In 2010, Colorado treatment programs admitted 789 people for addiction to various drugs such as hallucinogens, tranquilizers, sedative, PCP, other stimulants and unknown drugs.


Colorado Drug and Alcohol Fatalities, Injuries and Drug Court Statistics

  • There were 472 alcohol-related traffic fatalities with alcohol-impaired drivers. (NHTSA 2012)
  • According to the Colorado Judicial Branch, in 2009, adult drug courts served approximately 25% of the eligible drug court population.
  • From 2009-2011, unintentional poisoning/drug overdose was the third leading cause of death for people in CO.The age group with most unintentional poisonings from drug overdose are the 45-54 years old. (CO DOH)
  • In 2013, the majority of unintentional drug overdoses were due to the misuse of illegal or prescription drugs. (CO DOH)

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