Maine Substance Abuse Statistics
The Maine state page provides you with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, Maine drug abuse statistics, and ME drug rehab centers.
It should be noted that these Maine drug abuse statistics are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.
In 2009, there were 14,605 people admitted to drug and alcohol rehab for substance abuse in Maine facilities. Rates of alcohol abuse and dependence in Maine have been variable over time but have generally remained close to the national rates for the population age of 12 and older.
In 2007-2008, Maine was one of the top ten states for rates in several drug-use categories
In 2007-2008, Maine was one of the top ten states for rates in several drug-use categories, including: past-month illicit drug use among young adults age 18-25; past-month marijuana use among persons age 12 and older; and past-year cocaine use among young adults age 18-25.
In the most recent survey, (2007-2008) 9.09% of Maine residents reported using illicit drugs in the past month, while the national average was 8.02%. Additionally, 2.98% of Maine residents reported using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month (the national average was 3.58%).
In 2009, there were 4,207 people who went to rehab for alcohol as the primary drug and 2,545 people admitted for alcohol addiction combined with a secondary substance.
Drug abuse is a national epidemic and the numbers are continuing to rise. Heroin is becoming the cheaper replacement for opiates as states continue to crack down on the “pill mills” making the cost of opiates too expensive.
According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), in 2009, people admitted to drug rehab for substance abuse for opiates (not including heroin) was 4,434. Of this number, 52.1% were male and 47.9% were female.
The amount of individuals who entered treatment for the use of heroin in 2009 was 1,362. 58.2% were male and 41.8% were female. 95.2% of this population was White.
The amount of individuals admitted to treatment for the use of marijuana in 2009 was 1,232. Of the amount of people, 73% were male and 27% were female and the largest age group of this amount of people who went to treatment was the 12-17 year old population at 30.5%.
As a direct consequence of drug use, 161 persons died in Maine in 2007. This is compared to the number of persons in Maine who died from motor vehicle accidents (198) and firearms (107) in the same year. Maine drug-induced deaths (12.2 per 100,000 population) were similar to the national rate (12.7 per 100,000).
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