Updated on May 17, 2024
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Updated Drug and Alcohol Statistics for Arizona

Arizona has been facing a significant drug and alcohol addiction crisis, which has had far-reaching consequences for individuals, families, and communities throughout the state. This article presents an overview of the latest statistics on substance use disorders, alcohol abuse, opioid-related issues, and treatment and recovery challenges in Arizona, highlighting the urgent need for effective solutions.

  • Nearly 2,000 opioid-related overdose fatalities occurred in Arizona in 2022.1
  • Methamphetamines are considered the #1 drug threat in Arizona, with 36% of people reporting that at least one person in their family had used meth at least once within the past month.1
  • Studies show roughly 40 to 60 percent of people relapse in their first year of sobriety, similar to other chronic diseases such as hypertension or Type 2 diabetes.2

Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD)

Substance use disorders and alcohol use disorders are prevalent among various age groups in Arizona. Consider these statistics:

  • 6.7% of youth aged 12-17 reported participating in alcohol consumption within the past month.1
  • 30.5% of people aged 18-25 reported alcohol use disorder.1
  • Over 700 people were killed due to drunk driving in Arizona from 2020 to 2021.1
  • In 2019, over 280 people died due to alcohol, with 70% of those deaths relating specifically to alcohol poisoning.1

These numbers highlight the widespread impact of alcohol abuse and the need for effective prevention and treatment strategies.

Methamphetamine and Opioid Use

Methamphetamine and opioid use are significant concerns in Arizona, affecting various age groups. Here are some relevant statistics:

  • 13.7% of young adults aged 18-25 reported having a substance use disorder in the past year.1
  • 6.8% of people aged 12+ reported having a substance use disorder in the past year.1

Addressing methamphetamine and opioid use disorders is crucial for the health and well-being of individuals and communities in Arizona.

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Marijuana Use

Marijuana use is common among young adults in Arizona, with some developing marijuana use disorders. Consider these statistics:

  • 30.7% of young adults aged 18-25 reported past-year marijuana use.1
  • 5.2% of young adults aged 18-25 reported having a marijuana use disorder.1

While marijuana use is becoming more accepted, it is important to recognize the potential risks and consequences of problematic use.

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Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has had a devastating impact on Arizona, with high rates of overdose fatalities and emergency room visits. Here are some key statistics:

  • Opioids were responsible for over 7,700 emergency room visits and over 3,000 non-fatal overdoses in Arizona.1

The opioid crisis requires a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, treatment, and harm reduction strategies.

Treatment and Recovery

Effective treatment and support for long-term recovery are essential for addressing substance use disorders in Arizona. However, relapse rates remain a challenge:

  • Studies show roughly 40 to 60 percent of people relapse in their first year of sobriety, similar to other chronic diseases such as hypertension or Type 2 diabetes.2

The statistics presented in this article demonstrate the significant challenges Arizona faces in addressing drug and alcohol addiction. From high rates of substance use disorders and alcohol abuse to the devastating impact of the opioid crisis, it is clear that a comprehensive and sustained effort is needed to support individuals and communities affected by addiction. By prioritizing prevention, expanding access to quality treatment, and promoting long-term recovery, Arizona can work towards a healthier, more resilient future for all its residents.

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Updated on May 17, 2024

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