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What is the Drug Situation in Virginia?

Abuse of prescription drugs is at crisis proportions in the United States, and Appalachia has been particularly hard hit; the sparse population of Southwest Virginia is impacted at alarmingly higher rates than the rest of the Commonwealth. Though the drug-induced death rate is low, Virginia residents are just about reaching the national average for use of illicit drugs in the past month at 7.33 percent (the national average is 8.02).

Statistics from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner show a statewide increase in heroin overdose deaths, which often go hand in hand with prescription opiate abuse, a problem that has plagued Southwest Virginia for years. The abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers go hand in hand. Both are opiates, and when law enforcement cracks down on one, the other can become more of a problem. With the increased monitoring of prescription drugs, heroin has become a more economical alternative for drug users, especially in this region.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in Virginia

  • Nearly 13% of those between the ages of 12-17 and nearly 30% of those between the ages of 18- 25 currently use marijuana in Virginia, proportions higher than alcohol or illicit drugs as a whole. These numbers dwarf the proportion of adults age 26 and older who currently use marijuana, and provide a startling picture of the prevalence of marijuana use by Virginia’s adolescents and young adults.
  • In spite of the high prevalence rates for illicit drug use for the 12-17 and 18-25 age groups in Virginia, the percentages of individuals needing but not receiving treatment are low – 4.25% for ages 12-17 and 6.74% for ages 18-25. However, in actual numbers, approximately 27,000 youth between the ages of 12-17 who need treatment are not receiving it, while more than 62,000 young adults between the ages of 18-25 who need treatment are not receiving the help they need.
  • Drug deaths have increased throughout Virginia over 80 percent since 1999 and 41 percent in Western Virginia from 2007 to 2011. In 2010, the majority of drug-related deaths were accidental. Fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone and oxycodone, all prescription opioids, were found to be wholly responsible for 53.8 percent of drug-only deaths.
  • Marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in the state.

Finding Treatment for Addiction in Virginia

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