New Hampshire Drug Abuse Statistics
The New Hampshire state page provides you with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, New Hampshire drug abuse statistics, and NH drug rehab centers.
It should be noted that these New Hampshire Drug Abuse Statistics are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.
According to the latest reports from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the number of drug and alcohol rehabs has declined from 1992 to 2006, from 64 to 57. Despite this reality, the number of people admitted for addiction treatment for drugs and alcohol increased to 6,234 in 2010.
Overall rates of dependence on alcohol in New Hampshire have generally remained among the highest in the country since 2002.
Overall rates of dependence on alcohol in New Hampshire have generally remained among the highest in the country since 2002. This is particularly true of the rates of past year dependence or abuse of alcohol for individuals age 18 to 25, which were among the highest in the country in 2005-2006. Similarly, rates of past year dependence on illicit drugs has remained consistently high for the age group 18 to 25, as well as for those individuals age 12 to 17. In 2005-2006, past year rates for both of these groups were among the highest in the country.
In 2008, New Hampshire was among the top ten states for monthly use of illicit drugs.
1,636 people were admitted for alcohol treatment in 2010 for alcohol as a primary addiction. An additional 1,166 people were admitted to treatment for using alcohol combined with a secondary drug.
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.
During 2010, 424 people were admitted to drug rehab for cocaine addiction whether smoking it or using it by other means of ingestion.
In 2010, the number of people that entered drug rehab for heroin use reached 907. Of that number, 57.9% were male and 42.1% were female. The largest age group in treatment during 2010 for using heroin was 21-25 year olds.
Marijuana used in New Hampshire, has been found to have a THC content of excess of 22% making it extremely powerful. In 2009, 26% of New Hampshire residents reported using marijuana at least once a month.
Prescription drugs including opiates were the leading cause of people seeking treatment in New Hampshire, followed by heroin and marijuana. In 2010, there were 1,146 people admitted for prescription drugs.
- In 2007, there were 52 drug arrests in New Hampshire.
- There were 7 drug courts in New Hampshire. 45.9 % of the Federally-sentenced defendants in New Hampshire had committed drug offenses. More than half of the drug offenses in New Hampshire involved crack cocaine.
- 187 people died as a consequence of drug use in 2008 compared with 138 from vehicle accidents and 78 from firearms.
- In 2009, authorities seized and eradicated more than 1,400 cultivated marijuana plants in New Hampshire.
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