An Overview of Addiction in Alabama
As of October 2013, Alabama had the 26th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 11.8 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities.
Marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in the state, followed by cocaine and other opiates, including prescription drugs. Alabama has the highest rate of painkiller prescriptions in the country with 143 prescriptions per 100 people, nearly three times as many as Hawaii, the lowest prescribing state. The increased demand is from individuals who are not using the prescriptions for a medical reason, but to get high or sell them on the black market.
Law enforcement agencies say that the growth in prescription pill addiction is paving the way for heroin and the drug cartels from Atlanta and Mexico looking to sell it. Birmingham, for example, has seen a 400 percent increase in heroin overdose deaths. Though the number of painkiller prescriptions in Alabama remains high, the number of overdoses has decreased, though this also has been linked to a rise in heroin abuse.
The average street price of prescription pills is $1 per milligram, but users can more easily find a more potent high for $10 to $20 if they use heroin instead. According to the DEA, most heroin users in Alabama are middle- to upper-class men and women between the ages of 17 and 25.
Key Substance Abuse Problems in Alabama
- Alabama has experienced a dramatic spike in the use of Spice, a form of synthetic marijuana. Spice contains powerful chemicals that cause dangerous health effects including intense hallucinations, psychotic episodes, coma and suicidal and other harmful thoughts and actions, sometimes with just one hit.
- In the last year, agents of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force have found that Spice had been treated with insecticides and rodenticides.Public safety officials suspect the poisons are being added to make the Spice more potent and to give it hallucinogenic effects.
- According to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice, about 90 percent of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinking.
- Underage drinking costs the citizens of Alabama $1 billion a year. The costs come from medical care, loss of work and the pain and suffering associated with the multiple problems resulting from the use of alcohol by youth.
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