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Drug Problems Wisconsin

The diversion and misuse of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes has emerged as a serious problem in Wisconsin in recent years, especially among young adults. As of just a few years ago, 15% of Wisconsin adults ages 18-25 reported using pain relievers for non-medical purposes. Following suit, the Wisconsin rate of drug-related deaths has increased in recent years, and is currently twice the rate it was in 2000. Drug-related deaths not surpass motor vehicle crash deaths, which has been the case since 2004. The rise in drug-related deaths in Wisconsin is directly related to the increase in diversion and misuse or prescription drugs in the state, particularly prescription opioid narcotics.

The Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance reports that there were 25,314 arrests in Wisconsin for drug law violations in 2008. Property crimes which can be attributed to drugs in the state range from 7% for motor vehicle theft to 30% for burglary and larceny. Additionally, about 23% of sexual assaults, 30% of physical assaults, and 3% of robberies in the state are attributable to alcohol use. In 2008, public funds expended in Wisconsin for alcohol and other drug abuse treatment was $74 million.

Drug Rehab and Treatment Facts Wisconsin

  • In 2008, 71.3% of those in addiction treatment located in Wisconsin were male.
  • 28.7% of the individuals in drug addiction treatment residing in Wisconsin during 2008 were female.
  • The largest age group admitted into to drug rehab during 2008 in Wisconsin was between the ages of 41-45 (15.9%).
  • The second largest age group attending drug rehabilitation in Wisconsin during 2008 were between the ages of 21-25 (15.5%).
  • 85.1% of the individuals in drug treatment located in Wisconsin during 2008 were Caucasian.
  • Drug Facts

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