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Kentucky Drug Statistics and Facts

  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 25,428 people were admitted to Kentucky drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in 2010.
  • Of the total individuals admitted to an alcohol and drug rehabilitation, in Kentucky, around 66.9 percent men and 33.1 percent were women.
  • Opiates comprised 28.2 percent of entries as the most abused substance by those admitted to Kentucky alcohol and drug treatment facilities.
  • Opiates, not including Heroin, comprised 28.2 percent of entries as the most abused substance by the people who were admitted to Kentucky drug treatment facilities, followed by alcohol and then Marijuana, 18.8 percent and 16.7 percent consecutively.
  • Just 14 percent of Kentucky addiction treatment programs offer detoxification, in 2009.
  • About half of Kentucky drug treatment centers provide mental health services, and also alcohol and drug, addiction treatment programs.
  • In Kentucky, the rates of the last year of alcohol abuse and addiction have normally been at or below the national rates.
  • In Kentucky, over 1,000 people die every year from the abuse of powerful prescription medications like Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.
  • Normally, the rate of unmet needs for alcohol treatment for Kentucky population of ages 12 and older have stayed at or below the national rate; for the group of age 18 to 25, this rate has consistently been within the lowest in the country.
  • In 2010, people admitted for alcohol abuse and addiction was 4,159, in Kentucky. Those that were admitted for alcohol treatment with a secondary drug numbered 3,257.
  • Some counties in Kentucky lead the nation in the amount of narcotic painkillers distributed per person. There were 6,249 drug admissions for Opiates abuse other than Heroin in 2010.
  • According to Forbes Magazine, Kentucky is the fourth most medicated state in the Nation, and it has the Nation sixth highest rate of prescription drug overdose deaths.
  • More Kentucky residents are dying from prescription drug overdoses than car accidents.
  • The most commonly abused prescription drugs in Kentucky are Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. These drugs are abuse by persons with medical prescriptions and those who use it for non recreational purposes.
  • Cocaine is easily available in Kentucky. The cost and purity of Cocaine has remained relatively stable in Kentucky for the past several years.
  • In 2010, people admitted for drug treatment who smoked Cocaine, in Kentucky, was 1,178 while the percentage of males was 48.5 percent, and 51.5 percent were female.
  • In the state of Kentucky, there were 1,062 entries for Heroin addiction in 2010.
  • Marijuana is 1 of the most serious drug threats in Kentucky. The Office of National Drug Control Policy has selected Kentucky as 1 of 5 states in the Marijuana Belt.
  • In Kentucky, 3,695 people were admitted to substance abuse treatment programs in 2010, and 62 percent of those admitted were male.
  • Meth and Crystal Meth remain a serious threat throughout Kentucky, especially in rural areas of the state. Meth abuse and Crystal Meth abuse are rising at alarming rates. 1,027 people were admitted to treatment for amphetamine addiction in 2010.