Drug Use In The UK & US Today.
According to the UK Country Drug Report 2017, in the United Kingdom, between 2016-2017 there were:
2655 overdose deaths attributable
3% of young adults (16-34 years old) took cannabis in the last year
1% of young adults (16-34 years old) took cocaine in the last year
128,260 drug law offences
182 HIV diagnoses attributed to injecting drugs
330,445 high-risk opioid users
142,085 opioid substitution treatment clients
For those seeking treatment for drug addiction, cannabis is the most common substance amongst the UK population who experience these issues. Cannabis is followed by cocaine and then opiates.
The NSDUH also estimated that about 28.7 million people or 10.9% of the population over 12 drove while intoxicated at least once in 2013.
A frightening 6.5 mil Americans over the age of 12 reported using non-medical prescription drugs, such as painkillers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives.
Estimates showed that in 2014, nearly 140 million Americans over the age of 12 were, at the time, currently using alcohol, with 16.3 million having reported heavy alcohol use in the prior month, and 60.9 million having reported binge drinking in the prior month, reflecting an increase from previous years.
NSDUH reports that cocaine use declined among Americans over the age of 12 – from about 2.3 million people in 2003 to approximately 1.5 million people in 2014.
In 2014, 21.5 million Americans aged 12 or older met the criteria for a substance use disorder (or addiction) in the previous year.
In 2013, 22.7 million Americans needed treatment for a substance use disorder – almost 9% of the population over the age of 12. Only about 2.5 million received such treatment at a specialty facility.
It is estimated that more than 41% of treatment admissions were for alcohol abuse, 20 % of admissions were for opiate addiction treatment, and 17% were for the treatment of marijuana abuse in 2009.
Drug-Related Emergency Room Visits.
Nearly 4.6 million ER visits in the United States were related in some way to drugs in 2009.
About half of those visits were caused by reactions to medications that were taken according to a doctor’s prescription and 45%, or 2.1 million ER visits were related to the abuse of illicit substances.
2.1 million ER visits were the result of drug abuse, more than 27% were caused by the non-medical abuse of prescription drugs, OTC medications, and supplements. More than 21% were caused by illicit drugs and over 14% involved alcohol in combination with other illicit substances.
Between 2004 and 2009, drug-related ER visits increased 81% from 2.5 million to 4.6 million.
ER visits caused by non-medical use of prescription drugs increased more than 98% between 2004 and 2009.
Many people in need of drug rehabilitation simply do not access treatment. The reason for this is simply due to “denial”.