Washington, D.C. Substance Abuse Statistics
The Washington, DC state page provides you with a quick overview of issues relating to drug and alcohol addiction, drug use statistics in Washington DC, and drug rehab centers.
It should be noted that these drug use statistics in Washington DC are not intended as an academic reference. The data collected is from State and Federal sources.
In 2010, there were a total of 3,160 individuals who went to drug and alcohol treatment in the District of Columbia.
According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) annual surveys, the number of drug and alcohol rehabs in the District of Columbia has decreased slightly from 51 in 2002 to 46 in 2006.
In the most recent drug use statistics in Washington DC, 12.13% of District of Columbia residents reported using illicit drugs in the past month. The national average was 8.02%. Additionally, 4.53% of District of Columbia residents reported using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month (the national average was 3.58%).
There were 360 people admitted into treatment for alcohol abuse and an additional 335 for alcohol combined with a secondary drug. Approximately 82% of this population was male.
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.
483 people admitted into drug and alcohol rehab in 2010 were admitted for smoking cocaine, while 38 ingested cocaine by other means.
According to TEDS, in 2010 there were 1,188 people admitted into drug and alcohol treatment for using heroin. 67.4% of men were admitted into treatment while 32.6% were female. The largest age group that went into treatment for heroin addiction was people 51-55 years of age.
It was reported that there were 509 people that were dependent on marijuana in 2010 while 79.8% of those admitted into treatment were male and 20.2% were female.
The rate of drug-induced deaths in the District of Columbia is higher than the national average.
As a direct consequence of drug use, 90 persons died in District of Columbia in 2007, which is compared to the number of persons who died in the District of Columbia from motor vehicle accidents (54) and firearms (144) in the same year.
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