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Arkansas Drug Statistics and Facts

  • The number of alcohol only treatment admissions, in Arkansas, grew 134 percent between 2001 and 2009.
  • The number of drug/alcohol related fatalities increased 24 percent, and the number of drug/alcohol related fatal crashes increased 29 percent between 2001 and 2008, in Arkansas.
  • In Arkansas, 1 in 4 young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 reported smoking Marijuana at least once in the past year.
  • 15.7 percent of Arkansas high school seniors reported using Marijuana at least once in the past 30 days.
  • In the state of Arkansas, among young adults ages, 18 to 25, past 30-day Marijuana use increased 6.6 percent between 2000 and 2008.
  • Between 2005 and 2009, inhalant use among 6th, 8th, and 10th grade students decreased, in the state of Arkansas.
  • About 31,000 (13.1%) of adolescents in Arkansas used an illegal drug in the past month; 20,000 (8.6%) used Marijuana, and 20,000 (8.5%) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana.
  • Cocaine use rates in Arkansas are normally lower than the national average.
  • 3.3 percent of Arkansas high school seniors reported using Cocaine at least once in their lifetime, in 2009.
  • In 2008, arrests in Arkansas for Cocaine were highest among males and African-Americans.
  • In 2006, rates of methamphetamine use in Arkansas were higher than the national average.
  • In 2009, 6 percent of Arkansas high school students reported having used meth at least once in their lifetime.
  • In 2009, 10.6 percent of all Arkansas treatment cases were for methamphetamine.
  • In Arkansas, nearly 1.5 million youths were addicted to, or abused alcohol in the past year and over 1.2 million youths were addicted to or abused illicit drugs.
  • In Arkansas, the rates of past year illegal drug dependence were significantly higher for youth females than for young males (5.1% versus 2.5%), but other rates of substance dependence or abuse were similar between males and females.
  • According to the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services survey, Arkansas showed a 1-day total of 3,624 patients in treatment, the majority of whom (3,041% or 84%) were in outpatient treatment. Of the total number of patients in addiction treatment on this date, 74 (2%) were under the age of 18.
  • According to 20032006 Treatment Episode Data Set information, adolescent males, in Arkansas, accounted for 72% (2,623) of the 3,623 adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions.
  • Of the total male admissions, in 2006-2009, 46.3% were others only drug addiction treatment admissions, 49.6% were alcohol and drug treatment, and 3.2% were alcohol only treatment, in Arkansas.
  • Of the total adolescent male admissions, in Arkansas, 90.8% (2,382) reported Marijuana use and 52.8% (1,386) reported alcohol use.
  • In 2003 to 2006, percentages of unmet need for the previous year alcohol problems and percentages of unmet need for past-year drug problems were alike between adolescent males and females in Arkansas.