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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Please, Recover Me: 1 In 10 Adults Abuse

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 228,004,978 adults presently live in America.

U.S. National Institutes of Health
researchers say
10.3 percent of these U.S. adults abuse drugs
including 2.6 percent who become addicted.

According to the Partnership at,
“More than 23 million people
 in the U.S. have recovered
from drug and alcohol problems.”

These are numbers that must be understood. Despite the staggering number of people who abuse drugs, recovery efforts save many, many lives. As addicts move beyond the shame and stigma of addiction, they not only get help for themselves but also share their success stories while promoting prevention.

Still, a great need for treatment exists. Because drug abuse and addiction are major public health problems, a large portion of drug treatment is funded by local, State, and Federal governments. Private and employer-subsidized health plans also may provide coverage for treatment of addiction and its medical consequences. Unfortunately, managed care has resulted in shorter average stays, while a historical lack of or insufficient coverage for substance abuse treatment has curtailed the number of operational programs. The recent passage of parity for insurance coverage of mental health and substance abuse problems will hopefully improve this state of affairs.

Few people who abuse drugs even get treatment. In 2004, approximately 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older needed treatment for substance abuse and addiction (alcohol or illicit drugs). Of these, only 3.8 million people received it. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2004. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Infofacts)

The Buckeye State

In 2005, Ohio had approximately 690,000 people who had an alcohol addiction and 259,000 people with a drug dependency. Of those, only 38,000 alcoholics and 31,000 drug abusers got the help they needed from an Ohio treatment program. Leaving nearly 700,000 addicts without treatment is not acceptable.

Ohio needs more alcohol treatment centers and drug rehab programs to help solve the addiction problem. It’s important to realize that as addictions rise in the state, so do statistics of crime, poverty, abuse and violence – these go hand in hand with addiction – more addiction, more crimes, more pain, and more poverty. Families are being destroyed, relationships shattered and communities deeply affected.

Scioto County


Drug Related Consequences
Unintentional Drug Death Rate  County by Region
Brown - 37.91
Guernsey - 29.93
Scioto - 27.67
Clermont - 24.83
Ross - 21.78
Jackson - 21.07
Adams - 21.02
Jefferson - 18.65
Lawrence - 14.41
Pike - 13.93
Highland - 13.76
Hocking - 13.61
OHIO - 13.38
Meigs - 12.62
Perry - 11.09
Carroll - 10.4
Gallia - 9.7
Athens - 9.27
Tuscarawas - 7.56
Vinton - 7.44
Columbiana - 7.42
Belmont - 7.1
Noble - 6.83
Morgan - 6.64
Washington - 6.47
Harrison - 6.3
Muskingum - 5.81
Coshocton - 5.42
Holmes - 2.36
Monroe - 0
Rate per 100,000 Population

Drug Related Consequences
Unintentional Drug Death Rate
    Scioto County vs. Ohio
Deaths directly attributable to drug use include drug psychoses, drug dependence, nondependent abuse of drugs, and polyneuropathy due to drug use. Indicator only includes deaths; illicit drug-related morbidity is not reflected. Deaths in which drugs may have been a contributing but not primary cause are not included.
Definition: Includes accidental poisoning by and exposure to the following: analgesics, antipyretics, and antirheumatics; antiepileptic, sedative-hypnotic, medications for parkinson's disease, and psychotropic medications; narcotics and hallucinogens; drugs acting upon the autonomic nervous system; and other, unspecified drugs or medications (World Health Organization,2007). Deaths are recorded by county of residence.

Data Sources: Ohio Department of Health.

World Health Organization. (2007). International statistical classification of diseases and related health problems, 10th Vrs. Retrieved June 9, 2010, from

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