Louisiana Substance Abuse Statistics
The Louisiana state page provides you with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction and LA drug rehab centers.
It should be noted that these pages are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.
- In 2010, there were 26,334 people who were admitted into drug and alcohol rehab for addiction.
- According to the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), Louisiana had a total of 145 alcohol and drug rehabs.
- Across the last 15 years, there has been a small decline in the number of admissions mentioning alcohol with increases in the number of people citing opiates other than heroin and methamphetamine abuse.
- Approximately 7% of Louisiana residents reported past-month use of illicit drugs; the national average was 8%.
There were 3,584 people who went to rehab for alcohol dependence and 4,132 people who went for alcohol abuse combined with a secondary drug.
In 2007-2008, Louisiana was one of the top ten states for rates in several drug-use categories.
Marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug rehab admissions in Louisiana, according to the 2010 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) report. There were 6,022 people who went to substance abuse treatment for marijuana that year, 75.6% were males and 24.4% were females. The largest age group in treatment for marijuana abuse was 12-17 years of age with the majority of people being African –American at 57.8%.
There were 3,324 people who went to treatment for opiates other than heroin in 2010. 50.6% were male and 49.4% were female. This figure supports the national epidemic of individuals abusing prescription drugs.
In 2010, 2,859 people went to treatment for smoking cocaine while 939 people went for ingesting cocaine by other means.
There were 1,886 individuals admitted into drug rehab for heroin dependence in 2010 which has increased significantly since 2005 at 258 admits into treatment.
As a direct consequence of drug use, 862 persons died in Louisiana in 2007. This is compared to the number of persons who died in Louisiana from motor vehicle accidents (1,036) and firearms (869) in the same year. Louisiana drug-induced deaths (20.1 per 100,000 population) exceeded the national rate (12.7 per 100,000).
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