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Connecticut Drug Statistics and Facts

  • On the global measure of any addiction on or abuse of alcohol or illicit drugs, Connecticuts rates have frequently been at or above the national rates.
  • In 20042005 and again in 20052006, the rates for those persons age 18 to 25 were among the highest in Connecticut. It is also worth noting that, over the same time, the rates of alcohol addiction or abuse and illegal drug addiction or abuse were among the highest in Connecticut for that age group.
  • While nearly 46% of Connecticut's prison population gets rearrested within the 1st year after release, only 37.4% of prisoners who receive basic treatment and 23.5% of prisoners who receive intensive substance abuse treatment end up in jail again after release.
  • Drug abuse stats for Connecticut are significantly different from those for other states. For instance, Heroin is the most heavily abused drug in Connecticut, with 17,878 of 48,082 people surveyed agreeing to Heroin.
  • According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services annual surveys, the number of treatment centers in Connecticut has declined from 247 in 2002, to 209 centers in 2006.
  • In the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services survey, Connecticut showed a 1 day total of 22,809 patients in treatment, the majority of whom (20,896 or 92 percent) were in outpatient treatment. Of the total number of patients in treatment on this date, 645 (3 percent) were under the age of 18.
  • In 2010, 51,983 people were admitted to Connecticut alcohol and drug treatment programs, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
  • In Connecticut, Heroin and alcohol in combination with other drugs were the most abused substances, followed by Marijuana and alcohol.
  • Men accounted for 71.7 percent while women accounted for 28.2 percent of those admitted to Connecticut drug rehabilitation facilities in 2010.
  • The majority of Connecticut drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs treat only substance abuse while about 33 percent provide substance abuse and other mental health services, in 2010.
  • In 2006, there were 209 substance abuse treatment centers. Only 25 percent of all Connecticut drug rehabilitation programs offer detoxification program. Nearly two-thirds of Connecticut drug rehabilitation centers offer treatment free of charge to clients without insurance.
  • Among the substances most regularly abused in Connecticut, alcohol abuse continues to be the main problem. Over one-third of entries to Connecticut rehabilitation centers in 2010, involved alcohol abuse.
  • There were 9,211 admissions for alcohol rehabilitation alone and another 10,703 people admitted to treatment for alcohol joined with a secondary drug. Young adults (18 to 25) continue to be underserved in treatment for alcohol addiction.
  • Drug abuse is an epidemic in Connecticut, and the numbers are continuing to increase. Heroin is becoming the cheaper substitute for Opiates as states continue to crack down on the pill mills making the price of opiates very expensive.
  • The majority of those that entered treatment in Connecticut did so for Heroin abuse accounting for 11,697 admissions. The largest single age group suffering from Heroin addiction was 21 to 25 year olds, 65 percent of which were White.
  • Heroin is most commonly used drug in conjunction with Crack, alcohol, Cocaine, Marijuana, and other drugs. From 1992 to 2006 Heroin admissions in Connecticut, increased from 22 percent to 41 percent.
  • Marijuana ranks 2nd as the most commonly abused drug in Connecticut. There were 8,350 people who entered drug rehabilitations centers for Marijuana addiction in 2010.
  • Marijuana continues to be a widely used substance in Connecticut. The majority of Marijuana in Connecticut comes from Mexico or the Southwestern United States via New York City or Boston.
  • In 2010, a total of 4,617 persons, in Connecticut, entered drug treatment for Cocaine abuse whether smoked or ingested by other means.
  • OxyContin and Vicodin are the most popular prescription medications abused in Connecticut. Opiates, other than Heroin, sent 2,569 individuals to treatment in 2010. That amount nationally continues to grow. Medical detoxification and treatment are required to halt prescription drug addictions.