Drug Addiction Statistics

In society today, there are many contributing factors to the decline in health and overall stability in our country. One of the major contributing factors is that of illegal drug use. In an effort to analyze the growing problem facing our nation, we will use a number of drug addiction statistics that are available to us.

It is both alarming and concerning the trends we see from drug addiction statistics. The problems with drug use are ever increasing. For example, the percentage of the population using illicit drugs increased from 6.3 percent in 1999-2000 to 7.1 percent in 2001. Since 2001 there has been a steady increase in drug use nationwide. In 2007, 15 percent of Americans (ages twelve and older) reported use of a drug in that year alone. And the numbers are rising. Experts predict that the drug use in 2009 will be at an all time high. Many believe that one of the contributing factors is the economy and that it is affecting the rise in drug use. In times like these, history shows that many individuals turn to drugs and alcohol to help ease the stress and pain in an economic crisis.

Popular Drug Addiction Statistics

Other statistics track the trend of use in a particular drug. Marijuana, for example, is said to be the most commonly used illicit drug in the past years. In 2007, 13.2 percent of Americans in the 12-17 age group used marijuana in that year. In the 18-25 year old group, 28 percent admitted to using marijuana in 2007. And in the 26 year old and older category, 6.8 percent admitted to using in that same year. Some drug addiction statistics suggest that gender can play a role in drug use. In one study, results showed that more men than women claimed they had taken any type of drug. The study showed that 24 percent of men and 16 percent of women had taken at least one kind of drug in their lives. Among those ages of 18-21, 51 percent of men and 38 percent of women had taken drugs. Also, in the same study, 52 percent of men and 36 percent of women had experienced taking more than one drug at a time.

Frightening Drug Addiction Statistics

Additional drug addiction statistics show the frightening trend of deaths attributed to drug use. In 1999 alone there were a reported 19,102 drug related deaths in the United States. That’s 1,591 per month, 367 per week, 52 per day, and a staggering 2 per deaths per hour. A full decade has passed, and that number has increased to over 25,000 drug related deaths in 2008. With the ever increasing numbers year after year, we see that although government agencies make a valiant effort in the “War on Drugs”, which was started by Nancy Reagan in 1980, the government can only do so much to fight this growing epidemic. The fight must begin at the home and family level. We must all make great efforts in educating ourselves and our children on the deadly dangers of drugs. In doing so, we can all help in bringing these devastating drug statistics in downward trend.