Statistics about Drug abuse


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About statistics: This page presents a variety of statistics about Drug abuse. The term 'prevalence' of Drug abuse usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Drug abuse at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Drug abuse refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Drug abuse diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Drug abuse: (see also prevalence and incidence page for Drug abuse)
  Prevalance of Drug abuse: more than 4 million women need treatment for drug abuse (NWHIC)
  Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 68 or 1.47% or 4 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Drug abuse: Research indicates that more than 4 million women need treatment for drug abuse.1
  Prevelance statistics about Drug abuse: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Drug abuse:
  • 19.5 million people over the age of 12 use illegal drugs in the US (Mayo Clinic)
  • 19,000 deaths from drug addiction in the US (Mayo Clinic)

Death and mortality statistics for Drug abuse:
  Deaths from Drug abuse: 19,102 persons died of drug-induced causes in 1999 USA (NVSR Sep 2001)
Society statistics for Drug abuse
  Cost statistics for Drug abuse: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Drug abuse:
  • Estimated $52,123,000 spent in public hospitals on alcohol or drug use and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • Estimated $17,172,000 spent in public hospitals on alcohol and drug use and disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)

  Hospitalization statistics for Drug abuse: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Drug abuse:
  • 0.03% (3,917) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 66% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 34% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 38% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 99% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.08% (42,860) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.006% (788) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 21% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 80% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25.7 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 27 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.03% (17,201) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.002% (232) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 47% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 69% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 15.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 77% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.006% (3,224) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives/hypnotics in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.002% (276) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 33% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 74% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 97% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.006% (3,290) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.004% (519) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 91% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 76% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine were women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 85% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19.5 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 5 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 97% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.013% (6,626) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants including caffeine in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.001% (135) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 65% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 35% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 80% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 19.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 30 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 89% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.004% (1,829) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.02% (2,601) of hospital consultant episodes were for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 92% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 75% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 25% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 75% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 23.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 30 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.09% (48,725) of hospital bed days were for mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple psychoactive drugs in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia in psychiatric hospitals:
    • 1,426 hospital episodes in public psychiatric hospitals were for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of psychoactive substances other than alcohol in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 4.3% of hospitalisations in public psychiatric hospitals for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of psychoactive substances other than alcohol were single day episodes in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 99% of hospitalisations in public psychiatric hospitals for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of psychoactive substances other than alcohol were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of psychoactive substances other than alcohol at public psychiatric hospitals occurred in 0.7 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 71.1 days was the mean length of stay for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of psychoactive substances other than alcohol in public psychiatric hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 9 days was the mean length of stay in public psychiatric hospitals for mental, behavioural disorders due to use of psychoactive substances other than alcohol in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Drug Abuse and Treatment: NWHIC

Last revision: April 10, 2003

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