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How Addiction Treatment Can Prevent Death

According to World Health Rankings, the United States ranks 37th for drug use mortality rates, out of 192 countries. It recorded a death rate of 1.5 people per 100,000, with 100 people dying from drug overdoses in the United States every day. Although considered high by some, it certainly is not close to the top country, Afghanistan, which recorded a death rate of a staggering 29.1 deaths per 100,000.

However, mortality rates due to drug overdoses are continuing to climb in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with prescription drug abuse becoming more popular, drug overdose rates are currently at an all-time high. Since 1990, they have more than tripled. Drug overdoses resulted in the death of 36,000 people in 2008, with most of these deaths caused by prescription drug abuse. In 2010, 2 million people reported non-medical prescription drug use for the first time.

Drug Use Rates

Despite the increase in drug use, statistics from the National Crime Justice Reference Service claim that illegal drug use has declined by 50 percent since 1979. At that time, 25 million people in the United States were regularly using drugs. Now, the numbers are close to 13 million. Statistics also claim that 60 million people who had used drugs as teens no longer use the drugs as adults.

Cocaine use has declined dramatically in a period of one decade. During the high point for cocaine use – 1985 – 5.7 million people were regular users. That number dropped to 1.5 million in 1995. However, the amount of cocaine consumed in the United States has not declined proportionately.

While cocaine use is decreasing, statistics from 1993 showed that heroin use is increasing. The National Crime Justice Reference Service reports that 600,000 people use heroin regularly. Because heroin is becoming more pure, injection is no longer the only method of administration available. Many users who are afraid of needles try the drug by snorting it and become addicted. Most heroin users are older and long-term users.

Nearly 40 percent of drug overdoses occur in those between the ages of 30 and 39. Rates are higher for males and African Americans. Most deaths from drug use are caused by AIDS, with more than 33 percent of injection drug users infecting their sexual partners. Rates of heroin-related deaths are higher in some cities. Between 1993 and 1994, deaths caused by heroin use were up by 34 percent in Phoenix. New Orleans saw an increase of 25 percent. Heroin-related emergency room visits more than doubled in a five-year period.

*Countries With Highest Rates of Drug Addiction Mortality

As mentioned earlier,World Health Rankings ranked Afghanistan as the country with the highest rate of drug addiction mortality. Here are some other top-ranking countries (numbers are deaths per 100,000):

  • Djibouti (14.3)
  • Yemen (10.8)
  • Guatemala (10.6)
  • Laos (7.6)
  • Cambodia (7.4)
  • Morocco (7.0)
  • Libya (6.3)

Addiction Treatment Can Prevent Deaths

These statistics prove that drug addiction is a serious disease. Millions of lives have been lost due to drug use. Don’t become another statistic. If you have been battling drug addiction, find the courage to get help. Treatment can help you get on the path to drug-free living, no matter how severe your addiction. We can help you find treatment options whether it be a top private inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment center near your area. Call us today to get started. A clean and sober life awaits you.