Utah Substance Abuse Statistics
The Utah state page provides you with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, Utah drug abuse statistics, and UT drug rehab centers.
It should be noted that these Utah drug abuse statistics are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.
According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), there were 14,951 people who went to drug and alcohol rehab in Utah in 2010. 70.2% were male and 29.8% were female.
According to the National Survey of Substance, the number of alcohol and drug treatment facilities in Utah has increased from 118 in 2003 to 133 in 2006.
Across the last 15 years, there has been a steady decline in the number of admissions mentioning alcohol as the primary substance of abuse but there have been increases in the mentions of marijuana and heroin. The sharpest increase, however, has been in the number of treatment admissions with methamphetamine.
Alcohol-only admissions have declined from over 56% of all admissions in 1992
Alcohol-only admissions have declined from over 56% of all admissions in 1992 to just over 20% in 2006. Concomitantly, drug-only admissions have increased from 9% in 1998 to 46% in 2006.
Utah has seen an increasing need for drug use treatment since 2002-2003, with the rate for the population age 12 and older ranking among the highest in the country in 2004-2005 and 2005-2006. Approximately 6% of Utah residents reported past-month use of illicit drugs; the national average was 8%.
There were a reported 4,030 people who entered rehab for alcohol as the primary addiction in 2010 and an additional 2,042 who were admitted for alcohol dependence combined with a secondary drug.
The demand for Mexican black tar heroin has risen since 2008, primarily among teens and young adults. Heroin’s popularity is quickly growing nationally as prescription drug supplies are being restricted nationally. Heroin is cheaper and has greater accessibility. There were 1,983 people who went to treatment in 2010 for heroin dependence. 69.4% were males and 30.6% were females.
2,394 people went to drug treatment in 2010 for marijuana abuse. 12-17 years olds comprised the largest age group or 42.5% of those who received treatment for marijuana.
Amphetamines and Stimulants
Stimulants (including methamphetamine) are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in Utah. There were 2,480 people who went to treatment for amphetamine/stimulant dependence in 2010.
Prescription drug abuse is a significant problem in Utah, mostly in Salt Lake City, which has one of the highest prescription drug abuse rates in the nation. It is also important to note, that since the 2003-2004 surveys, Utah has ranked among those States with the highest rates non-medical use of pain relievers among those age 12 and older.
Outdoor cannabis cultivation is widespread, most notably on public lands in Utah and Colorado where Mexican drug trafficking organizations are expanding their outdoor operations.
As a direct consequence of drug use, 546 persons died in Utah in 2007. This is more than the number of persons in Utah who died from motor vehicle accidents (320) and firearms (253) in the same year. Utah drug-induced deaths (20.6 per 100,000 population) exceeded the national rate (12.7 per 100,000).
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