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Missouri Drug Statistics and Facts

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 477,000 individuals in Missouri have illicit drug or alcohol dependence or abuse within the past year, representing roughly 10% of the States population
  • Ecstasy, Rohypnol, and GHB are available in Missouri and many youths use these club drugs during concerts, dance clubs and other forms of socializing sometimes.
  • In 2009, the Treatment Episode Data Set indicated that 48,628 people entered alcohol and drug rehabs in Missouri. Of that number, 68.5 percent were male, and 31.5 percent were female.
  • In Missouri, there were 257 addiction treatment centers in 2006. That number has remained steady since 2002. 67 drug and alcohol rehabs were able to provide residential care, but only 10 centers offered Opioid treatment.
  • Rates for alcohol abuse or dependence in 2006 continued above average for all age groups in Missouri, whereas rates for drug dependence have been under the national average for the same time.
  • In Missouri, 18 to 25 year olds were among the group most suffering from unmet treatment needs for alcohol addiction in 2006, and it was classified among the highest in the country for this demographic.
  • For drug addiction and unmet treatment needs, the figures varied considerably from year to year. Agreeing with the unmet treatment needs of Missouri residents is the rising number of those suffering from severe psychological distress. Psychological distress and substance abuse are more and more commonly connected.
  • In 2010, 10,600 people started alcohol addiction treatment in Missouri for alcohol as a main substance of abuse with an additional 8,605 people that entered alcohol addiction treatment with alcohol mixed with a secondary drug of abuse.
  • According to the most current information, Missouri has experienced an increase in Marijuana and Meth use over the last 2 decades. Drug only admissions comprised 45 percent of all admissions have tripled from 1992 to 2006.
  • The 2nd most commonly abused class of drugs were stimulants (including Meth), in Missouri, for those that entered drug addiction treatment in 2007.
  • In 2010, Missouri became 1 more state in the nation to implement the prescription data base.
  • In Missouri, 3,277 people were admitted to treatment for Cocaine addiction. The most frequent form of ingestion was smoking. 673 people were treated for Cocaine/Crack addiction who used the drug other than smoking it.
  • In 2010, 4,341 people were admitted to addiction treatment centers for Heroin addiction. Overall, rates of Heroin overdose have dramatically increased in certain counties with Missouri.
  • In 2007, Marijuana was the most frequently cited drug of abuse in Missouri.
  • There were 12,052 persons who entered treatment for Marijuana addiction, in Missouri. The majority of those entering treatment were 21 to 25 years olds. 79 percent of all those admitted for Marijuana addiction were males.
  • In Missouri, there were 5,088 admissions for alcohol and drug treatment for amphetamine addiction in 2010.
  • The latest numbers for people that went to rehabilitation for Meth is not available, in Missouri, but all reports indicate that number is increasing rapidly.
  • In 2010, the 2 largest drug categories for people who entered drug rehabilitation in Missouri were tranquilizers at a rate of 486 people followed by PCP at the rate of 326 people. The PCP rate of entries was slightly higher in Missouri than in other states.
  • According to the (TEDS) Treatment Episode Data Set, Missouri had 2,922 people who started a treatment for Opiates other than Heroin.
  • According to a news article on Sept. 01 2011, the Madison County State Attorney, in Missouri, stated that Heroin related crimes had increased between 30 to 40 percent, with Heroin deaths twice the number of that in 2010. In 2005, there were 630 drug related arrests.