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

Arkansas has been grappling with a significant drug and alcohol addiction crisis, which has had far-reaching consequences for individuals, families, and communities across the state. This article presents an overview of the latest statistics on substance use disorders, the opioid crisis, overdose deaths, and treatment and recovery challenges in Arkansas, highlighting the urgent need for effective solutions.

  • Since 2020, Arkansas has lost 708 residents to fentanyl overdose.1
  • From 2018 to 2022, Arkansas lost 1,888 individuals to all types of drug overdoses.1
  • In 2019, on a single day count, 7,640 clients were in substance abuse treatment in Arkansas.2

Substance Use and Disorders

Substance use and disorders are prevalent in Arkansas, with rates similar to regional and national averages. Here are some key statistics:

  • From 2017 to 2019, the annual average rate of past-month illicit drug use was 7.0%, similar to both the regional and national averages.3
  • During the same period, the annual average rate of past-month alcohol use among youth was 8.6%, similar to the regional average and slightly lower than the national average.3
  • The annual average rate of past-year illicit drug use disorder was 2.8%, similar to both the regional and national averages.3
Arkansas SUD Chart

These numbers demonstrate the widespread nature of substance use issues in the state.

Opioid Crisis and Overdose Deaths

The opioid epidemic has hit Arkansas particularly hard in recent years, with a high number of overdose deaths. Consider these troubling statistics:

  • In 2021, there were 637 overdose deaths in Arkansas, translating to 22.3 deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted).4
  • At least 587 overdose deaths occurred in Arkansas in 2022.5

The alarming rise in overdose deaths underscores the urgent need to address the opioid crisis in the state.


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Treatment and Recovery

Access to quality treatment and recovery services is essential for addressing substance use disorders in Arkansas. Here are some relevant statistics:

  • In 2019, 6,925 clients enrolled in outpatient services, and 685 clients enrolled in residential (non-hospital) services.2

While treatment options are available, expanding access and ensuring adequate capacity to meet the growing demand for services remains a challenge.

The statistics presented in this article highlight the significant challenges Arkansas faces in addressing drug and alcohol addiction. From high rates of substance use disorders to the devastating impact of the opioid crisis and overdose deaths, 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, Arkansas 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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