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Louisiana Drug Statistics and Facts

  • In 2010, there were 26,334 people who were admitted into alcohol and drug rehabilitation for addiction, in Louisiana.
  • According to the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, Louisiana had a total of 145 drug and alcohol rehabs.
  • Across the past 15 years, in Louisiana, there has been a slight decline in the number of entries mentioning alcohol with increases in the number of individuals citing opiates other than Heroin and Meth abuse.
  • About 7 percent of Louisiana residents reported last month use of illegal drugs; the national average was 8 percent.
  • There were 3,584 people who went to rehabilitation, in Louisiana, for alcohol dependence and 4,132 people who went for alcohol abuse combined with a secondary drug.
  • In 2007 and 2008, Louisiana was one of the top 10 states for rates in several drug-use categories.
  • Marijuana is the most often cited drug among primary drug rehabilitation admissions in Louisiana, according to the 2010 Treatment Episode Data Set report.
  • There were 6,022 people who went to substance abuse treatment for marijuana that year 75.6 percent were males and 24.4 percent were females.
  • The largest age group in treatment, in Louisiana, for Marijuana abuse was 12 to 17 years of age with the majority of people being African American at 57.8 percent.
  • There were 3,324 people who went to treatment, in Louisiana, for opiates other than Heroin in 2010. 50.6 percent were male, and 49.4 percent were female. That figure supports the national epidemic of individuals abusing prescription drugs.
  • In 2010, 2,859 people went to treatment for smoking Cocaine, in Louisiana while 939 people went for ingesting Cocaine by other means.
  • There were 1,886 Louisiana residents admitted into drug rehabilitation for Heroin dependence in 2010 which has increased significantly since 2005 at 258 admits into treatment.
  • 828 Louisiana residents went to substance abuse treatment for amphetamines in 2010. That number has decreased since 2005 as there were 1,229 admits into treatment for amphetamines.
  • Louisiana drug-induced deaths (20.1 per 100,000 population) exceeded the national rate (12.7 per 100,000).
  • As a direct cause of drug use, 862 Louisiana residents died in 2007. That is compared to the number of individuals who died in Louisiana from car accidents (1,036) and firearms (869) in the same year.
  • About 37,000 (9.4%) adolescents in Louisiana used an illegal drug in the past month; 23,000 (5.8%) used Marijuana, and 10,000 (5.9%) used an illegal drug other than Marijuana.
  • In Louisiana, 19.3% (76,000) of adolescents used alcohol in the last month, and 12.0% (47,000) engaged in binge drinking.
  • The number of treatment centers in Louisiana has declined from 167 in 2002, to 145 in 2006, the most current year for which information is available. The decrease is mainly accounted for by the loss of 11 private nonprofit centers and 12 centers owned/operated by State, Federal, or local government(s).
  • Although centers may offer more than 1 modality of care, in 2006 the majority of Louisiana centers (104 or 72 percent) offered some form of outpatient treatment. Other 47 centers offered some form of residential care, and 10 centers offered an opioid treatment program.
  • Louisiana adolescent females were more than 3 times as likely as young males to have experienced a major depressive episode in the last year (11 versus 3.3%).