Updated on December 26, 2023
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Drug Addiction Statistics in West Virginia

In the United States, drug use is a major problem. The numbers can vary and be overwhelming at times. However, learning about different drug use statistics helps you gauge the problem's severity. It also allows you to connect better with those affected by substance abuse.

CDC and SAMHSA Drug Statistics

The following statistics are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The data points cover information from 2021. 

The information from SAMHSA is estimated based on the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) with a 95% confidence interval. 

Death Rates from Drugs

Statistics for drug overdose mortality in West Virginia include:2 

  • In 2014 in West Virginia, the death rate per 100,000 population was 35.5.
  • This number went to 52.8 in 2019.
  • The most recent number was 90.9 for West Virginia in 2021.

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Drug Use Statistics for West Virginia Older than 18 in 2021

Drug addiction is a concerning problem. Its effects can be far-reaching, affecting health, relationships, finances, and more. 

Living with an addict can be more difficult. Learning about addiction's effects can help improve communication in such situations.

The following statistics are from the NSDUH:1

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month

  • In West Virginia, 14.88% of people reported using illicit drugs in the last month.
  • The percentage of people using illicit drugs in West Virginia was slightly lower than the percentage in the United States as a whole.

Marijuana Use in the Past Year

  • In West Virginia, 17.18% of people reported using marijuana in the last month.
  • The percentage of people using marijuana in the last month is higher in the United States than in West Virginia.

Cocaine Use in the Past Year

  • West Virginia had a reported cocaine use rate of 1.91% among adults over 18.
  • West Virginia's percentage of people that used cocaine in the last month was slightly higher than the United States' overall percentage.

Heroin Use in the Past Year

  • In West Virginia, 0.42% of people reported using Heroin in the last 30 days.

Methamphetamine Use in the Past Year

  • In 2021 in West Virginia, 1.34% reported using methamphetamine in the last 30 days.

Opioid Misuse in the Past Year

  • 3.88% was the percentage of West Virginia’s population that reported opioid misuse in the last month.
  • 3.46% reported an Opioid Use Disorder in West Virginia.

Drug Use Disorder in the Past Year

  • In West Virginia, 10.09% reported a drug use disorder in the last 30 days.
  • reported needing treatment but could not get it.

Tobacco Product Use in the Past Month

  • In West Virginia, 31.92% reported using Tobacoo in the last 30 days.
  • 24.00% reported as using Cigarettes. 

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Needing But Not Receiving Treatment

A number of people with drug disorders need treatment but don’t receive it. However, treatment is necessary for getting better. Several professional treatments are available to help you get sober.

  • 7.55% of the population in West Virginia reported needed treatment but not being able to get it.

Drug Use Statistics for West Virginia Younger than 18

For young people, illicit substance use can have long-term effects on their development and future prospects. Those who experiment with drugs at a young age are more likely to develop substance abuse and health problems. 

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month

  • In West Virginia, the illicit drug use for those 12 to 18 was estimated to be 7.18%.
  • 7.15% in West Virginia under 18 reported a drug use disorder.

Marijuana Use in the Past Year

  • 9.81% of those under 18 used marijuana in the last month in West Virginia.  

Cocaine Use in the Past Year

  • In West Virginia, 0.25% of those 12-18 reported using Cocaine in the last 30 days. 

Methamphetamine Use in the Past Year

  • Meth usage of those under 18 in the last 30 days wasn’t as high in West Virginia, with 0.03% reporting meth usage.

Opioid Misuse in the Past Year

  • 2.02% of those under 18 in the last 30 days reported Opioid misuse.
  • 0.73% reported a opioid use disorder in West Virginia.

Tobacco Product Use in the Past Month

  • Tobacco use of the under 18 age group was 4.63%.
  • 3.10% of this was cigarettes.

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Needing But Not Receiving Treatment

For minors, drug treatment is crucial. It can prevent their addiction from worsening and affecting other areas of their lives. 

  • 5.51% reported needing treatment but not being able to get it in West Virginia’s population under 18.

The Cost of Drug Addiction

Treatment for drug addiction can be expensive, especially when you factor in all costs. Costs for treatment include:

  • Medical bills (short-term and long-term)
  • Lawyer and court fees
  • Prevention programs
  • Addiction treatment centers

When you don’t seek treatment for drug addiction, the effects are costly. Drug addiction will have negative consequences, such as:

  • Health problems
  • A significant strain on relationships with friends and family
  • Inability to continue education or find a job
  • Financial problems due to continuous drug use

Professional Treatments for Drug Addiction

Seek help immediately if you suspect you or a loved one suffers from drug addiction. Professional treatments for drug addiction include:3,4

  • Inpatient treatment: Inpatient treatment includes 24/7 supervision from a medical professional. You live inside a treatment facility.
  • Outpatient treatment: Outpatient treatment is similar to inpatient treatment. However, you go home every night, so you receive limited supervision. 
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): MAT combines drugs with other treatments to help you get sober. 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT identifies and helps change negative thought patterns that lead to drug abuse.
  • Support Groups: Support groups provide a safe space for you to share your experience with those dealing with similar issues. 

Summary

Learning about drug use statistics can help you better understand substance abuse in young people and the need for treatment. 

Getting professional help when you suspect drug addiction is important. This will help prevent further negative consequences and improve the chances of a successful recovery.

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Updated on December 26, 2023

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