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Georgia Drug Statistics and Facts

  • In 2005, 44,890 people entered treatment programs, in Georgia, for drug and alcohol dependence. Of this number, 60.1 percent of the people were male while 39.9 percent were female.
  • During 2006 to 2007, 212,000 Georgia residents needed treatment for illegal drugs; unfortunately, they were not able to receive treatment. There were 277 alcohol and drug rehabilitation in Georgia as of 2005, the last year for published stats.
  • In Georgia from the general population, 9,427 people were treated for alcoholism alone as, in 2005, 6,394 people were treated for alcohol abuse as well as a secondary substance.
  • Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in Georgia and is easily available throughout the state. 6,918 people were admitted for drug treatment of Marijuana addiction in 2005.
  • 8,545 people smoked Cocaine and entered treatment in 2005, in Georgia, with an additional 2,733 who abused Cocaine through other means and went to treatment that year, as well.
  • Approximately 9 percent of Georgias high school seniors surveyed in 2007 reported using Cocaine at least once during their life. Cocaine was the most frequently cited drug among people admitted for addiction treatment in 2005.
  • Georgia is commonly deemed a transit site and to a lesser degree, a distribution point for Heroin; however, Heroin availability remains stable throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.
  • In comparison with other states, Georgias Heroin problem is not critical. In 2005, 661 people were admitted for Heroin addiction treatment.
  • The diversion of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone products continues to be a problem in Georgia.
  • Lorcet and Xanax were also known as being among the most commonly diverted and abused pharmaceuticals in Georgia.
  • 5,685 people in 2005 entered drug rehabilitation programs for amphetamines, a significant increase from 2004, in Georgia.
  • Georgia is the last destination before distribution on the trafficking route for the East shore. It is easily located between Miami and New York City.
  • Meth lab seizures in Georgia increased 91 percent from 2007 to 2009 mirroring the national trend. During 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported 513 arrests for drug violations in Georgia.
  • In 2008, 26 percent of federally sentenced defendants in Georgia had committed a drug offense with 44 percent of those involving Cocaine.
  • The numbers have fluctuated significantly for meth seizures, in Georgia, starting in 2004 with 175 lab incidents, 2005 with 131, 2006 with 156, 2007 with 55, and finally, 2008 with 78.
  • Meth lab seizures in Georgia increased 91 percent from 2007 to 2009 mirroring the national trend.
  • There were 3,011 youth arrests for Marijuana possession in Georgia during 2008. 21 percent of all prisoners in Georgia reported having a drug problem with an additional 14 percent suffering from both an alcohol and drug problem.
  • The highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes, in Georgia, that had BAC level .08 or higher was for drivers ages 21 to 24.
  • During 2008, 26 percent of the federally sentenced defendants in Georgia had committed a drug offense.
  • Around 44 percent of the drug offenses involved powdered Cocaine. 973 persons died of drug related consequences compared to 1,745 car wreck related deaths and 1,244 deaths from firearms in the state of Georgia.