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Texas Drug Statistics and Facts

  • The proportion of persons in their 20 had increased from 35% of all Heroin admissions in 2005 to 45% in 2011.
  • Drug-related admissions in El Paso County declined slightly overall from 2005 to 2007. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, most drug-related treatment admissions to publicly funded centers in El Paso County and are for powder Cocaine and Heroin abuse.
  • Synthetic cathinone exposure calls to Texas poison facilities increased from 22 in 2010 to 340 in 2011, with 76 through May, 2012
  • In 2009, there were a total of 59,165 admissions for alcohol and drug treatment programs in Texas. In 2010, the number of admissions decreased to 46,189, of which 59.3 percent were male, and 40.7 percent were female.
  • The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance reported that 9.4% of Texas high school students had ever used Cocaine, compared with 8.5%, 12.6%, 11.9%, and 13.0% in 2009, 2007, 2005, and 2001.
  • In 2011, 29% of all Texas patients admitted to publicly funded treatment programs had a primary problem with alcohol.
  • In 2006, there were a total of 523 alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers. 162 centers offered some sort of residential treatment program while only 70 centers offered Opioid treatment.
  • The 2006 and 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 514,000 or 2.74 percent of Texas residents, reported having an illegal drug addiction or reported drug abuse during that year.
  • Powder Cocaine related admissions, in Texas, decreased from 2005 to 2007, while crack cocaine related admissions remained stable, with a peak in admissions for both drugs occurring in 2006.
  • Treatment admissions for Heroin abuse in the counties of the North increased overall from 2008 to 2009, whereas treatment admissions for all other serious drug categories declined during the same period
  • In 2006 2007, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health stated that 1.2 million Texas residents reportedly used an illegal drug. In 2007, 457,000 people reported needing drug and alcohol treatment but not receiving it.
  • Treatment admissions, in Texas, for drug addiction have increased from 29 percent in 1998 to 52.5 percent in 2005. In 2010, 46,189 people were admitted for dependence upon drugs.
  • Heroin indicators remained mixed, but there were indications of growing Heroin problems, in Texas, among teens and young adults in 2011.
  • There were 6,732 Texas residents that entered alcohol rehabilitation, in 2009, and an additional 5,896 who went to treatment for alcohol mixed with a secondary drug in Texas.
  • In 2009, there were 4,912 admissions for amphetamines and meth combined. The percentage of individuals admitted, in Texas, for meth/amphetamine addiction continues to grow.
  • After Marijuana, Cocaine ranked as the 2nd most abused drug, in Texas, among those seeking addiction treatment. Cocaine/Crack can be bought in all amounts from a gram all the way to a kilogram.
  • Of the 2011 Heroin admissions, 43% reported no 2nd substance problem and 18% reported a problem with Cocaine (which shows the tendency to "speedball," or use Heroin and Cocaine sequentially). 10% reported a 2nd problem with Cannabis, 9% with alcohol, and 6 % with other Opiates.
  • Admissions for Cocaine abuse were down from the 2005 reports, with 4,808 people admitted for smoking powdered Cocaine. An additional 7,904 people were admitted for Crack Cocaine addiction in 2009. Texas ranks among the highest states for 12 to 17 year olds using Cocaine.
  • Black tar is the most common kind of Heroin in Texas. The price of black tar Heroin has dropped over the years because of the proximity to Mexico. There were 5,191 people admitted into drug rehabilitation for Heroin addiction in 2009.
  • In 2007, there were 2,343 Texas residents who died as a result of drug use compared to 3,800 who died in car accidents and another 2,561 who died from firearm incidents.