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Mississippi Drug Statistics and Facts

  • Around 6 percent of Mississippi residents reported past-month use of illegal drugs; the national average was 8 percent.
  • Across all study years, Mississippi has ranked among the ten States with the lowest rates of the past year alcohol abuse or dependence for all age groups. Rates of the past year drug dependence have been more volatile across time, and in 2005-2006, Mississippi ranked among the ten States with the highest rate for individuals age 26 and older.
  • Since 1990, the number of yearly deaths due to unintentional drug overdoses (from Mississippi death certificate data) has increased 10 fold. In 1990, the total number of deaths reported from a drug overdose was 23. That number remained stable until the late 90s and early 2000s, increasing to more than 100 by 2001.
  • The yearly number of deaths, in Mississippi, from a drug overdose has steadily increased over the last ten years, to 232 in 2011. The highest number of deaths has occurred consistently in the 45 to 54 year old age group with 31 percent (379/1229) of the accidental drug related deaths occurring in this age group from 2007 to 2011. The 35 to 44 year old age group accounted for 25 percent (301/1229) and the 25 to 34 year old age group accounted for 21 percent (263/1229) of the deaths in this same time frame.
  • According to the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, the number of treatment centers in Mississippi was 112.
  • In 2009, there were 1,244 people admitted to alcohol rehabilitation for only alcohol dependence and another 1,368 that were admitted for addiction to alcohol mixed with a secondary drug, in Mississippi.
  • In Mississippi, 259 individuals were admitted to treatment for Cocaine use in 2009. 61 percent of those people were male
  • Of the 1,481, 70.4 percent of the people were male, and 29.6 percent were female. The largest age group using Marijuana was reported to be 21 to 25 years of age.
  • Marijuana is the most often cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Mississippi with 1,481 people being admitted into treatment in 2009.
  • According to the 2009 Treatment Episode Data Set report, people admitted to drug rehabilitation for substance abuse for Opiates other than Heroin was 655. Of that number, 50.1 percent were male, and 49.9 percent were female.
  • In Mississippi, as a direct consequence of drug use, 334 persons died in 2007. This figure is compared to the number of individuals who died from car accidents (914) and firearms (535) in the same year.
  • As a direct consequence of drug use, in Mississippi, 334 individuals died in Mississippi in 2007.
  • The number of Meth labs seizure incidents in Mississippi increased 334 percent from 155 incidents in 2007 to 673 incidents in 2009, according to data from the El Paso Intelligence Centers National Seizure System.
  • Around 21,000 (8.2%) of adolescents in Mississippi used an illicit drug in the past month; 12,000 (4.5%) used Marijuana, and 14,000 (5.3%) used an illegal drug other than Marijuana.
  • 13.9% (36,000) of youths used alcohol in the last month, and 7.9% (20,000) engaged in binge drinking, in Mississippi.
  • The rates of the perception of risk associated with Marijuana use and binge drinking, in Mississippi, are similar between adolescent females and adolescent males (2003-2006).
  • In Mississippi, rates of alcohol and drug abuse or dependence were similar between females and males; 9,000 males and 8,000 females abused or dependent on drugs or alcohol in the past year.
  • In Mississippi, 95% of a drug overdose deaths are from the abuse of prescription narcotics.
  • In Mississippi, 10,000 adolescent males and 9,000 adolescent females used painkillers nonmedically in the twelve months previous to the interview.
  • According to 2003 to 2006 Treatment Episodes Data Set data, ao the total adolescent female admissions, 43.8% were drug treatment, 33.8% were drug and alcohol treatment, 7.5% were alcohol treatment, and 14.9% did not report any type of treatment.