Washington Substance Abuse Statistics
Washington State just like every state in the country has its good points and its bad points. Just like all the other 50 states each one has its different struggles with substance abuse and they all have their different statistics, some worse than others. Here are some Washington substance abuse statistics. Around 38,000 people entered some type of treatment for drug addiction in Washington State.
Heroin substance abuse statistics in Washington
The heroin substance abuse problem in Washington is a problem but not as big of one as the rest of the country. Around 2,500 people were admitted for heroin use in the state of Washington. This makes up about 6.5% of the people admitted for substance abuse. This is way below the national average of 13.6%. Heroin use is not all in one particular area of Washington either but is all over the state.
Cocaine substance abuse statistics in Washington
Around 2,200 people, which is 5.7% were admitted into treatment for smoking crack and around another 800 were admitted into treatment for snorting cocaine. Compared to the numbers on the national level, Washington’s substance abuse statistics for cocaine are way below the national average of 9.4%. Cocaine is available all of over the state of Washington and is smuggled in from Mexico through California. Crack cocaine is most commonly used in lower income areas while powdered cocaine is used by more of the middle class.
Meth substance abuse statistics in Washington
In the state of Washington, meth use is actually above the national average. 6,300 people almost 6,400 were admitted into treatment or facilities for methamphetamine abuse. This is around 16.7% which is way above the national average of 7.7%. Meth abuse is not as common in Washington State as it is in Oregon or even California but it is still quite a large problem, although, since 2003 the incidents involving meth labs have decreased from in the thousands to hundreds. This is because of Washington’s law enforcement crackdown on meth use. Most of the meth users are located outside of the major cities of Washington.
Alcohol substance abuse statistics in Washington
An estimated 31,000 of the individuals with an alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse problem in Washington over a one year period were between the ages of 12-17 years old. An estimated 119,000 of the individuals with an alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse problem in Washington over a one year period were between the ages of 18-25 years old and an estimated 224,000 of the individuals with an alcohol addiction or alcohol abuse problem in Washington over a one year period were 26 or older. The total number of binge alcohol users over a one month period was 1,049,000.
Substance abuse statistics and hospitalizations in Washington State
Based on data from CHARS, in 2007 an estimated 329,000 hospitalizations in Washington were linked to alcohol or drug use, over half of all hospitalizations that year. Every day on average 900 people were hospitalized with conditions that could be linked to alcohol or drug use.