Tennessee drug abuse statistics

The Tennessee state page provides you with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, Tennessee drug abuse statistics, and TN drug rehab centers.

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

Tennessee Addiction Treatment Statistics

In 2010, there were 11,717 people admitted to drug and . Of those admitted to addiction treatment, 67.0 % were male and 33.0% were female.

Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Admission Statistics for Tennessee in 2009

According to the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N SSATS), there were 195 drug and alcohol facilities in Tennessee. Of these facilities, 147 (75%) were private nonprofit, and 35 (18%) were private for-profit.

Drug-only admissions have increased, from 18% of all admissions in 1992, to 41% in 2006. Concomitantly, admissions for both drugs and alcohol have decreased, from 45% in 1992 to 28% in 2006.

In 2007-2008, Tennessee ranked first among all states for past-year non-medical use of pain relievers among persons age 26 or older. Tennessee also was one of the top ten states for rates in other drug-use categories, including past-month use of illicit drugs other than marijuana among persons age 12 and older.

Approximately 8% of Tennessee residents reported past-month use of illicit drugs; the national average was 8%.

Tennessee has also ranked among the 10 states with the highest rate of past year non-medical use of pain relievers in 2007.

Alcohol Addiction in Tennessee

In 2010, there were 4,064 people admitted to treatment for alcohol as their primary drug and 4,931 people admitted with alcohol addiction with a secondary substance.

Tennessee’s rates for alcohol dependence in the past year have consistently been among the 10 lowest in the country for all age groups and across all survey years.

Commonly Abused Drugs in Tennessee

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.


1,099 people were admitted to substance abuse treatment for smoking cocaine in 2010, while 338 who ingested cocaine by other means went to treatment the same year.


There were 2,041 people admitted into into drug and alcohol treatment in Tennessee for marijuana dependence in 2010.


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The data shows that opiates, primarily prescription drugs, are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in the state.  In 2010, 3,379 people were admitted into drug treatment for opiates other than heroin. 57.6% of those admitted were male while 42.4% were female.

Tennessee Drug and Alcohol Fatalities, Injuries and Drug Court Statistics

The drug-induced death rate in Tennessee is higher than the national average.

As a direct consequence of drug use, 1,035 persons died in Tennessee in 2007. This is compared to the number of persons in Tennessee who died from motor vehicle accidents (1,303) and firearms (924) in the same year. Tennessee drug-induced deaths exceeded the national rate.

Tennessee Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources

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