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Idaho Drug Statistics and Facts

  • In 2009, there were 6,568 people who went to alcohol and drug rehabilitation in Idaho; 64.1 percent of this population were male and 35.8 percent were female.
  • In 2006, 35 percent of treatment admissions in Idaho were for amphetamine treatment, 23 percent of admissions were for Marijuana, 23 percent of admissions were for alcohol as the main drug.
  • Rates of the past year (2209) alcohol abuse or addiction in Idaho have varied considerably among the 4 age groups and across survey years; but, the rates for persons age 12 to 17 have consistently ranked among the highest in the country.
  • According to the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, the number of treatment centers in Idaho was 57. Nearly 8 percent of Idaho residents reported last month use of illegal drugs; the national average was 8 percent.
  • In Idaho, 1,640 people went to treatment for alcohol abuse in 2009 and an additional 951 people started treatment for alcohol combined with a secondary drug.
  • Marijuana is the most often cited drug among primary drug rehabilitation admissions in Idaho according to the data from 2009.
  • In 2009, there were 1,804 people who went to treatment for Marijuana dependence. 74 percent of these people were male, and 25.9 percent were female, with the highest group of people admitted into treatment being 12 to 17 year olds at 42.5 percent.
  • In Idaho, there were 1,496 people who entered a rehabilitation program for amphetamine addiction in 2009. 50.3 percent of were male and 49.7 percent were female, and the majority of this group were people 26 to 30 years of age.
  • As a direct consequence of drug use, 133 people died in Idaho in 2007. This figure is compared to the number of people in Idaho who died from car accidents (273) and firearms (187) in the same year.
  • In Idaho, 1,244 residents died from drug induced death, from 2000 to 2009.
  • Even though, the percentage of alcohol induced deaths is less in Idaho as in comparison to the west, the percentage of alcohol induced deaths in Idaho is 20 percent greater than the national average.
  • The number of drug-induced deaths increased, in Idaho, two and a half times from 69 (2000) to 184 (2009).
  • 95% of Idaho residents drug-induced deaths occurred within the State from 2007 to 2009.
  • The most common substance listed on death certificates among those who died in Idaho were 262 deaths due to Narcotics, 68 for Hydrocodone, 54 Methadone, 43 for Oxycontin/Oxycodone, 28 for Morphine, and 6 for Heroin.
  • The most substances used in Idaho are Marijuana and Methamphetamine.
  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration research says that Meth addiction is 1 of the most common and damaging substance abuse problems in Idaho.
  • 52 percent of Idaho prison inmates can directly attribute meth abuse to their imprisonment, according to the Idaho Meth Project.
  • 89 percent of female offenders in county prison in Idaho admit they have a problem with Meth, and 73 percent of these women consider Meth their drug of choice.
  • Usually, most neighboring states provide relatively greater emphasis on treatment for alcohol, Heroin, and Cocaine use than is found in Idaho.
  • Treatment Episode Data Set information reveals that as compared to neighboring states, Idaho dedicates a greater percentage of treatment to amphetamine and marijuana use.