Arizona Drug Use Statistics
Prescription Drug Abuse in Arizona
Opiates, prescription pain medications, and benzodiazepines are among the most commonly abused prescription drugs. State officials cite a variety of factors contributing to Arizona’s high rate of drug abuse, including:
- Inadequate education on the risk of prescription drug misuse
- Doctors over-prescribing medication
- Patients sharing or selling unused medications
While prescription drugs might seem like a safer alternative to street drugs, their abuse can lead to major problems. Arizona emergency rooms saw a 100 percent increase in opioid overdoses between 2008 and 2013, and arrests for driving under the influence have increased 99 percent.
The risks of prescription drug abuse are serious. According to the CDC, even when taken as directed, prescription opioids can lead to:
- Pain sensitivity
- Physical dependence
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Low testosterone levels
Opioid dependency or abuse can also increase the risk of addiction to heroin, which is illegal and highly dangerous. Prescription drug abuse and dependency can be complex issues, and while the state is taking a proactive approach to ending it, those who are battling addiction need a compassionate, comprehensive program with individualized treatment programs and support.
Alcohol Abuse Statistics
According to a recent CDC study, the state has a serious binge drinking problem especially for non-Hispanic white males between 35 and 65. In 2013, 2.5 percent of all ER visits in the state and almost 5 percent of hospitalizations were related to binge drinking.
When drinking becomes a problem or interferes with other aspects of a person’s life, it is time to get help. Alcohol abuse can lead to many short- and long-term physical and emotional problems, including:
- Alcohol poisoning
- High blood pressure
- Intimate partner violence and sexual violence
- Pregnancy complications
- An increased risk of accidents and injuries
- Social and relationship problems
Street Drugs and Substance Abuse Statistics
They often include:
- Cocaine, which was responsible for more than 1,200 hospital admissions in Maricopa County alone in 2013
- Marijuana and cannabis, which constitutes nearly a third of all drug reports by NFLIS Laboratories
- Heroin, which is heavily trafficked along the border
- Methamphetamine, which is related to a sharp increase in amphetamine-related hospital admission of patients in their 20s
Street drugs can affect users in many ways. Most can alter thinking and increase the risk of injury or accidents, and they can lead to serious health consequences especially for pregnant women. Even over-the-counter medications, such as dextromethorphan, can cause altered thinking when abused. Additionally, many people combine medications or drugs, which can lead to respiratory depression and other potentially dangerous health problems.
Substance Abuse Rehabilitation in Arizona
Successful programs also share certain other characteristics, including:
- Counseling and behavioral therapy
- Medical detox and non-addictive medication as necessary
- Infectious disease testing and treatment as needed
- Inpatient treatment options
- Long-term follow-up care
Lakeview Health offers personalized substance abuse programs for those who are battling addictions directly as well as their families. Both residential and outpatient programs are available, including recovery coaching to help patients continue their healing journey after discharge. Call today to learn more.