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Illinois Drug Statistics and Facts

  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were 70,378 total admissions to Illinois alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility in 2009.
  • Of the 70,378 admitted to drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, about 2/3 were male, and 1/3 were female; also, about half of those admitted half were African-American and White.
  • The National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services review, in 2009, reflected that almost two-thirds of treatment programs provide substance abuse treatment only while 30 percent offer a combination of substance abuse and mental health services.
  • In the most recent government survey, 7.17 percent of Illinois residents reported using illegal drugs in the past month while the national average was 8.02 percent.
  • 2.95% of Illinois residents reported using a different illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month while the national average was 3.58 percent.
  • Nearly 16 percent of Illinois alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers offer detoxification services.
  • Alcohol abuse and addiction is the third substance most abused in Illinois.
  • In 2009, 12,430 people were admitted for alcohol addiction in Illinois, but, when alcohol is mixed with a secondary drug, the total number admitted with alcohol adds an additional 10,506 residents.
  • The majority of people seeking alcohol treatment, in Idaho, were male. The proportion between men and women admitted for dependence were roughly the same.
  • The majority of the people admitted to drug and alcohol rehabilitations centers, in 2009, reported Heroin as their main substance abused, followed by Marijuana, and then alcohol, in Illinois.
  • In 2009, it was reported that 8,432 people were admitted to drug treatment for smoking Cocaine while 1,626 were admitted for other means than smoking Cocaine.
  • Heroin abuse and addiction continue to be a serious problem in Illinois. There were a reported 19,245 people who started treatment in 2009 for Heroin dependence, 58.8 percent being male and 41.2 percent being female.
  • Marijuana is the most extensively available and the most widely used illegal drug in Illinois. Illinois Marijuana use is of serious concern among high school students, with 36 percent of high school seniors reporting lifetime Marijuana use to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, in 2006.
  • Alarmingly in Illinois children in middle school had reported increasingly high use of Marijuana, with 14.5 percent of 8th graders reporting lifetime use in 2006.
  • The most popularly abused pharmaceuticals, in Illinois, are Hydrocodone products. OxyContin is also extremely abused, but there seems to be a shift from OxyContin abuse to Methadone abuse due to increased media attention.
  • Survey data from 2006 showed that 30 percent of students, in Illinois, reported abusing painkillers. In 2009, people admitted into drug treatment for other opiates were 1, 668 while 50.4 percent were male, and 90.5 percent were White.
  • Meth in Illinois is of primary concern in the rural areas of the state. In 2009, there were 1,001 people who went to treatment for amphetamine dependence.
  • The production of Meth involves a number of toxic chemicals like paint thinner, battery acid, and acetone. Large quantities of Meth are also transported into Illinois through Mexico.
  • During 2006, there were 112,368 Illinois drug seizures. As of April 2007, there were twenty drug courts in Illinois with an additional eight more in the planning.
  • During 2006, there were 778 Illinois Meth lab incidents reported, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.