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Nebraska Drug Statistics and Facts

  • Meth is the biggest drug menace in Nebraska and is currently located in every community, in the state.
  • According to the Substance Abuse Treatment Episode Data Set, 15,729 people entered a rehabilitation for both drug and alcohol addiction treatment in 2010, 72 percent of that number were males and 28 percent were females.
  • Stimulants, including Meth, are the most frequently cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in Nebraska.
  • Data from the Treatment Episode Data Set indicate one-third of the main drug treatment admissions in Nebraska were for stimulants, and another third were for Marijuana.
  • Around 6 percent of Nebraska residents reported last month use of illegal drugs; the national average was 8 percent.
  • The number of people entering treatment, in Nebraska, for both alcohol as the main abused substance and alcohol mixed with a secondary drug, has been increasing since 2006.
  • In 2010, 9,729 people entered treatment for alcohol abuse only treatment with an additional 2,580 people who suffered from alcohol abuse mixed with a secondary drug, in Nebraska.
  • In Nebraska, 315 people were admitted to treatment in 2010 for smoking Cocaine. An additional 112 entered treatment for ingesting Cocaine by other means.
  • Within Nebraska, the 1,070 people who entered drug addiction treatment in 2010, Marijuana was the 2nd most frequently cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in the state. Of those admissions, 64.8 percent were male, and 35.1 percent were female.
  • Methamphetamines are the most frequently cited drug among primary drug treatment entries in Nebraska.
  • In 2010, there were 1,191 people who were admitted to drug rehabilitation for amphetamine dependence, in Nebraska, 48.4 percent were male, and 51.6 percent were female with 26 to 30 year olds ranking the largest age group to use these drugs.
  • There were 396 people in drug rehabilitation, in Nebraska, for Opiates other than Heroin in 2010.
  • The Omaha Metro Drug Task Force, in Nebraska, reported that Mexican Ice Meth poses the greatest threat to the society, in that it is easy to get, is the drug of choice and seems to have a fundamental commonality with violent and property crimes.
  • In Nebraska, as a direct consequence of drug use, 92 people died in 2007. This is compared to the number of persons that died from car accidents (284) and firearms (142) in the same year. Nebraska drug-induced deaths (5.2 per 100,000 population) were lower than the national rate (12.7 per 100,000).
  • In 2004, a record 2,064 Nebraska residents sought treatment for Meth addiction, or about 13.6% of all persons seeking substance abuse treatment.
  • Of the 2, 933 Nebraska youth, grades 9-12 surveyed, 78 percent drank alcohol during their lifetime.
  • 67 percent of Nebraska youth drinking underage received alcohol from a parent or another adult.
  • Alcohol, Marijuana, and tobacco remain the drugs of choice of Nebraskas high school students. Since 2003, the percentage of Nebraskas students using alcohol and tobacco have declined, but the percentage of students using marijuana has not significantly altered, it has remained stable.
  • In 2005, 24 percent of Nebraska teens report having their 1st drink prior to age 13.
  • In 2005 18 percent of all alcohol-related car crashes in Nebraska involved drivers 15 to 20 years of age.