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Arizona Drug Statistics and Facts

  • There were 18,572 people admitted into alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs in Arizona during 2010, of those 60.8 percent were male and 39.2 percent female.
  • 7 of the 10 leading causes of death in the state of Arizona are at least in part caused by the use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. In addition, homicide and suicide, which are often associated with drug and alcohol abuse, are among the top fifteen leading causes of death in Arizona.
  • There were 212 drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers in 2006. Of that number, there were 53 drug and alcohol centers that offered residential care and 29 rehabilitation programs that offered opiate treatment.
  • In 2008, there were 13,506 admissions to publicly-funded drugs/alcohol abuse treatment centers in Arizona.
  • There was a significant decrease in the amount of Cocaine and Meth seized in Arizona between 2006 and 2008. Nevertheless, there was an almost 90% increase in the amount of Heroin seized.
  • Students in Arizona seem to experiment with drugs earlier than students nationally. In 2008, 34.7% of Arizona students in 8th grade reported trying illegal drugs in their lifetime compared to 19.6% of 8th graders across the nation.
  • In 2008, 3.1% of high school seniors in Arizona reported having tried Heroin in their lifetime, in comparison to 1.3% nationally.
  • In 2008, over 22% of Arizona 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported using prescription drugs for uses other than those prescribed by a doctor at some point in their lifetime.
  • About 30% of property crimes are attributable to illicit drug use. Estimates put the cost of stolen property in Arizona at more than $650 million in 2006.
  • While the rate of all individuals in Arizona classified as dependent or abusing drugs, was similar to the rate across the nation, the rate of Arizona teenagers age 12-17 classified like has been higher than the rate across the U.S.
  • Alcohol and Marijuana are also problematic for adults and adolescents arrested in Maricopa County; moreover, a large percentage of these populations suffer from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health concerns.
  • Since the mid 90s, the number of entries for alcohol abuse has decreased slightly; but, during that same time the number of drug-only entries has increased from 15 percent in 1998 to 27 percent in 2005.
  • In Arizona, for most drugs and alcohol, has remained below the drug and alcohol abuse average since 2003.
  • Over the last eleven years, there has been a constant increase in the number of entries citing methamphetamines as a drug of abuse.
  • Binge drinking among those 25 to 34 increased almost 10% points between 2006 and 2008.
  • There were 3,974 people who went to addiction treatment for alcohol only and an additional 2,229 who went for alcohol mixed with a secondary drug.
  • In 2010, 445 people went to drug rehabilitation treatment for smoking Cocaine while another 344 went for ingesting Cocaine by other means, in Arizona.
  • There were 2,492 people who went to substance abuse treatment for Heroin abuse in 2010, in Arizona. Thirty percent of 21-25 year olds used and abused Heroin and entered treatment.
  • In Arizona, there were 2,773 people who went to drug treatment for Marijuana Addiction. 29.3 percent of these people were between the ages of 21 and 25 years of age, in 2010.
  • In Arizona, 981 people died in 2007, as a direct result of drug use compared to 1,104 people who died from car accidents and 951 people that died as a result of firearms incidents in the same year.