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Delaware Drug Statistics and Facts

  • In 2009, there were 7,814 people admitted for alcohol and drug rehabilitation, in Delaware. Of that number, 73 percent were male, and 27 percent were female. 69.3 percent were White while 27.9 percent were African-American.
  • The most abused drugs in Delaware are Marijuana, Heroin, MDMA (Ecstasy), and Crack Cocaine.
  • MDMA, known as Ecstacy, is the most widely abused of any other drug and is popular with students from high school and university.
  • Delaware is a prime destination for drug traffic because of its location near many larger states and cities as well as Interstate 95. Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York City are the most common sources of the drugs circulation in Delaware.
  • Club drugs are more common now because of how close Delaware is to the coast and nightlight/clubs that are, therefore, associated. All kinds of club drugs, like Ecstacy, are scattered throughout the state.
  • In Delaware, holistic drug rehabilitation treatment facilities are becoming more popular. That is because, in addition to cleaning the body, spirit and mind of drugs, it also cleanses it of additional unwanted influences and helps to balances the full being.
  • In 2010, out of the total amount of alcohol and drug rehabs, 57.5 percent were for substance abuse treatment only, in Delaware. 25 percent of all substance abuse treatment programs offered treatment for a variety of conditions and 23 percent of all centers were able to provide in house detoxification treatment.
  • MDMA (Ecstasy) poses a growing threat to Delaware. Ecstasy is more available and abused by adolescents and young adults.
  • According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services yearly surveys, the number of treatment centers in Delaware has varied from a low of 42 in 2002, to a high of 47 in 2003.
  • Delaware ranked among the top 10 states for various drug abuse categories. Alarmingly, 18 to 25 year olds were the largest age group abusing Cocaine and Marijuana. 18 to 25 year olds were also the largest group with unmet treatment needs in 2006.
  • In 2009, 1,813 people were admitted to addiction treatment centers for Marijuana, the 2nd most abused drug in Delaware.
  • Marijuana is easily available in varying quantities in Delaware and is used by persons from a variety of ethnic populations and socioeconomic sectors. Recreational use of Marijuana is common among high school and college students, although adults remain its primary users.
  • In 2009, 1,668 people entered drug rehabilitation for Heroin addiction, in Delaware. Heroin was tied with Marijuana as the 2nd most abused drug for those entering treatment.
  • Heroin is commonly available in northern Delaware. The relocation of Heroin distribution and trafficking organizations over the last few years has resulted in increased availability of Heroin in locations once dominated by powder Crack Cocaine, Cocaine, and other drugs.
  • According to the United State Department of Justice, Cocaine is the 2nd greatest drug threat in Delaware, though this information is from 2002. In 2009, 668 people entered drug rehabilitation for Cocaine dependence of all forms.
  • During 2009, 1,403 people were admitted for Opiates other than Heroin, in Delaware. Of all those admitted for opiate abuse, 25.9 percent were ages 26-30 years old.
  • The amount of MDMA (Ecstasy) available in Delaware has increased dramatically since 1999. The amount of MDMA seized in Wilmington increased from none in 1999 to 1,700 dosage units in 2000. 100 MDMA tablets sold for $1,000 to $1,800 in 2000, and single tablets sold for $20 to $25, depending on the location.
  • In 2006, the number of treatment centers was 43, the majority of which (29 or 67 percent) were private nonprofit, in Delaware. Another 11 centers were private for-profit, and the rest of the centers were owned/operated by State, Federal, local, or governments.
  • About 8,000 (11.3%) adolescents in Delaware used an illicit drug in the past month; 5,000 (7.5%) used Marijuana, and 4,000 (5.5%) used an illicit drug other than Marijuana.
  • Rates of current alcohol use and binge drinking were similar for males and females, in Delaware; 16.4% of adolescents used alcohol in the past month, and 8.9% engaged in binge drinking.