Updated on May 22, 2024
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Updated Drug and Alcohol Statistics for Idaho

Idaho 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, youth substance use, and alcohol use and related issues in Idaho, highlighting the urgent need for effective solutions.

  • In 2020, 14.19% of people aged 12 or older in Idaho had a substance use disorder.1
  • Idaho experienced 270 deaths related to opioid overdoses in 2022.2
  • In 2020, 9.62% of people aged 12 or older needed but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility for alcohol use.1

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

Substance use disorders and alcohol use disorders are prevalent in Idaho, affecting a significant portion of the population. Here are some key statistics:

  • In 2020, 6.75% of people aged 12 or older had an illicit drug use disorder.1
  • 0.92% of people aged 12 or older had a prescription pain reliever use disorder in 2020.1
  • In the same year, 10.02% of people aged 12 or older had an alcohol use disorder.1

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

Opioid Crisis and Overdose Deaths

The opioid epidemic has hit Idaho, contributing to a significant number of overdose deaths. Consider these troubling statistics:

  • The rate of drug overdose deaths increased from 20.7 per 100,000 to 21.7 per 100,000 between 2018 to 2019.3

The rise in opioid-related deaths underscores the urgent need to address this crisis.


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Youth Substance Use

Substance use among young people in Idaho is a growing concern, with a significant proportion of youth using illicit drugs and marijuana. Here are some relevant statistics:

  • In 2020, 6.05% of youth aged 12-17 used illicit drugs in the past month.1
  • 11.53% of youth aged 12-17 used marijuana in the past year.1
  • 6.29% of youth aged 12-17 used marijuana in the past month.1
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Early intervention and prevention efforts are crucial to help young people avoid developing substance use disorders.

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Alcohol Use and Related Issues

Alcohol use and binge drinking are significant concerns in Idaho, affecting a large portion of the population. Consider these statistics:

  • In 2020, 46.26% of people aged 12 or older used alcohol in the past month.1
  • 20.46% of people aged 12 or older engaged in binge alcohol use in the past month.1
  • As of 2023, 16.0% of Idaho adults over 18 binge drink at least once per month.4
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Addressing alcohol-related issues through prevention and treatment is essential for improving public health in Idaho.

The statistics presented in this article paint a troubling picture of the drug and alcohol addiction landscape in Idaho. From high rates of substance use disorders and the impact of the opioid crisis to the concerning levels of youth substance use and alcohol-related issues, it is clear that the state faces significant challenges in addressing this crisis. However, by prioritizing prevention, expanding access to quality treatment, and supporting long-term recovery, Idaho can work towards a healthier, more resilient future for all its residents.

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Updated on May 22, 2024

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