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An Overview of Addiction in Missouri

While use of many of the substances available in Missouri, including heroin, marijuana, and cocaine continues to stabilize, the use of prescription opiates remain to be a cause of concern for the state. Opiates are readily and highly available, including more potent versions, which makes it harder to make a plan for prevention and intervention. Methamphetamine also continues to be a topic of concern for Missouri.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in Missouri

  • Heroin was stable at high levels in the St. Louis area for all indicators during 2013. The city is an end-user market and is dependent on transportation of heroin from points of entry into the Midwest.
  • Some younger users were reporting initial addiction to prescription pain pills prior to starting to use heroin.
  • Cocaine and marijuana were the most frequently cited secondary and tertiary drugs of abuse for heroin clients.
  • The ME data report for 2013 showed an increase in heroin-related deaths in an area covering St. Louis City and St. Louis County and the rural counties of Franklin, Jefferson and St. Charles.
  • Marijuana continues to be a very popular drug of abuse among younger adults. Cannabis, viewed by young adults as acceptable to use, was often combined with alcohol. In St. Louis, marijuana indicators remained stable in 2013, with 31.1 percent of treatment admissions in the 12 to 17 age group.
  • In 2014, Missouri lawmakers enacted SB 491, which lessens penalties for those possessing up to 10 grams of marijuana, beginning in 2017. Several bills were introduced in 2015 that would have allowed qualified patients to have safe access to medical marijuana, but none were passed.
  • Last year (2014), for the first time in more than a decade, Missouri did not lead the nation in meth busts. The state dropped to No. 3, behind Indiana and Tennessee.
  • The number of reported methamphetamine deaths remained low, with 27 deaths reported in the St. Louis region in both 2012 and 2013.
  • Crack cocaine, formerly the major stimulant problem in the area, stabilized at low levels in all indicators for 2013 but remained available, particularly in St. Louis.
  • Members of the 18 to 25 year old age group are most likely to have reported binge drinking in the past month. While this number had started to decrease in the last few years, it slightly increased over the last couple of years. There is a decrease in the 12-17 year olds over the last decade.
  • When comparing the percentage of people who reported any drinking to those who reported binge drinking, it becomes clear that binge drinking is a concern, especially in the younger age groups. Of those under 25 who reported drinking in the last 30 days, over half of them engaged in at least one session of binge drinking.

There are probably many questions you want answered when considering treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. If you or someone you love is addicted to drugs or alcohol in Missouri, call 1 (877) 968-6283 today and the rehab placement specialists at recoveryas.com will guide you through the process of selecting the rehabilitation center that is the best fit for you.