Wisconsin Substance Abuse Statistics

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

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

Wisconsin Addiction Treatment Statistics

In 2010, 29,358 people entered alcohol and drug treatment for substance abuse, 70.8% were male and 29.2% were female. According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) annual surveys, the number of drug and alcohol treatment facilities in Wisconsin has decreased from 324 in 2002, to 290 in 2006.

Alcohol & Drug Addiction Rehab Admission Statistics for Wisconsin in 2009


For use of marijuana and other illicit drugs, rates in Wisconsin for all age groups have been at or below the national rate. Rates of past year alcohol dependence in Wisconsin have been higher than the national rates across all survey years. This is particularly true for young adults age 18 to 25. Rates of past year drug dependence; however, have generally been below the national rates.

Wisconsin has generally ranked among the 10 States with the highest rates of unmet need for alcohol treatment. This is especially true for the population of young adults ages 18 to 25. The rate of unmet treatment for drug use, especially among the population of young adults, has generally been at or below the national rate.

Alcohol Addiction in Wisconsin

15,008 people entered drug and alcohol rehabs for alcohol dependence in 2010. There were an additional 5,998 people who were admitted for alcohol dependence combined with a secondary drug.

Commonly Abused Drugs in Wisconsin/span>

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.

1,514 people entered substance abuse treatment in 2010 for smoking cocaine and another 270 people who ingested cocaine by other means.


The data shows that marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Wisconsin. In 2010, there were a reported 2,817 people admitted into drug and alcohol treatment for marijuana dependence. 77.9 % of those individuals were male while 22.1% were female. The largest age group using marijuana was 21-25 years of age.


There were 308 people who went to treatment for amphetamines. 57.5% of those in treatment were male while 42.5% were female. 30.5% of these individuals were in the 26-30 year old range.


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The abuse of prescription drugs is increasing across the nation. There were 1,709 people that entered treatment for opiates other than heroin in 2010.



Wisconsin Drug and Alcohol Fatalities, Injuries and Drug Court Statistics

As a direct consequence of drug use, 639 persons died in Wisconsin in 2007. This is compared to the number of persons in Wisconsin who died from motor vehicle accidents (809) and firearms (488) in the same year. Wisconsin drug-induced deaths (11.4 per 100,000 population) were lower than the national rate (12.7 per 100,000).

Wisconsin Drug and Alcohol Addiction Resources

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