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Maryland Drug Statistics and Facts

  • There were 61,377 admissions to Maryland alcohol and drug treatment programs in 2010. For all those entering treatment, 67.8 percent were male while 32.2 percent were female, according to 2010 government reports.
  • Since the mid 90s, admissions for Heroin addiction has steadily increased in Maryland treatment centers while admissions for alcohol addiction have decreased.
  • There were 11,230 admissions for alcohol only in 2010 in Maryland, with an additional 7,892 for alcohol mixed with a secondary substance.
  • The percentage of men entering treatment in 2010 for alcoholism was 73.4 percent, and 26.6 percent were women. The largest demographic age group admitted for alcoholism was those between 46 to 50 years old at 8.2 percent.
  • Between the years of 2004 to 2005, 104,000 Maryland residents reported using Cocaine.
  • In 2010, 4,733 Maryland residents were admitted for alcohol and drug treatment for smoking Cocaine while 1,167 were admitted for ingesting Cocaine by other means than smoking.
  • Heroin addiction in Maryland continues to increase surpassing primary alcohol abuse. 16,088 people were admitted for Heroin addiction treatment in 2010.
  • Heroin is most prevalent in the Baltimore, Maryland. Over the years, Baltimore has become known as 1 of the nation's center for Heroin addiction.
  • In 2010, there were 11,767 Maryland residents admitted into drug centers for Marijuana addiction, of which 79.1 percent were male, and 20.9 percent were female.
  • The largest percentage of individuals admitted to treatment for Marijuana, in Maryland, was between 12 to 17 years of age at a staggering 19.2 percent.
  • Oxycodone continues to be a serious problem in Maryland. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs are Methadone, Benzodiazepines, and Klonopin.
  • From the years 2006 to 2010 there has been a 106 percent increase in treatment admissions that were linked to the abuse of prescription drugs.
  • In 2010, there were 6,898 admissions for opiates other than Heroin, in Maryland.
  • In 2006, law enforcement in Maryland reported 21,220 arrests for Cocaine and Opium possession.
  • In 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported making 579 arrests, in Maryland, for various drug violations.
  • 807 people died in Maryland as a direct consequence of drug use in 2007. This is compared to the number of people who died in Maryland from car accidents (675) and firearms (678) in the same year.
  • In juvenile court, there were 4,321 referrals for DUIs to substance abuse treatment. In Maryland, there were 186 alcohol related driving fatalities in 2008.
  • According to recent Fatal Accident Reporting System information, in Maryland, 1 in 3 car accidents fatalities (33%) with known drug test results tested positive for drugs in 2009.
  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland recorded a total of 149 drug abuse deaths of teenagers aged 13 to 19 years between 1991 and 2006. Of these deaths, 96 (64.4 percent) were caused by the use of narcotic drugs only, 29 (19.5 percent) by both cocaine and narcotics, 4 (2.7 percent) by both methylenedioxymethamphetamine and narcotics, 6 (4.0 percent) by Cocaine only, and 14 (9.4 percent) by volatile substances.
  • The yearly death rate from drug abuse for teenagers, in Maryland, increased from 1.4 deaths per 100,000 population in 1991 to 2.7 deaths per 100,000 population in 2006