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Kentucky Drug Rehab Centers

Kentucky, like every state, has drug problems. If you are one of the people suffering from one, it can feel like you have nowhere to turn. But, that isn’t true. Kentucky offers many professional rehab options that include a range of treatment approaches and features.

What follows is an overview of data related to drug use problems within the state and data related to treatment of addiction. When you are done reading, you should know more about drug use in this state. But, the real message you should take from this is that drug addiction requires treatment.

If you have a drug or alcohol dependence or addiction, you need to reach out and get help. Call 800-721-8114 and speak to an advisor who has experience with addiction. They can answer your questions, direct you to treatment, and discuss financing with you. There is no reason to wait. Call now.

Drug Trends

When compared to the national average, the number of people in Kentucky 12 and older who had used illicit drugs in the past month was comparable. In Kentucky, the average was 8.41 percent and that is only slightly higher than the national average (8.02 percent). Although, when asked how many residents had used an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month, the average was 4.39 percent, while the national average is only 3.58 percent. This points to a rate of illicit drug use that exceeds the national average and that may reveal a problem in Kentucky.

The percentage of drug deaths (17 per 100,000 population) also exceeds the average across the nation (12.7 per 100,000 population). In 2007, 722 people died as a direct consequence of drug use, lower than both the number from firearms (612) and motor vehicle accidents (853).

Prescription Drugs

Like the rest of the nation, Kentucky has a problem with abuse of prescription medication. But, they are attempting to counter it. In 2012, they passed HB 1, a bill that (among other things) “sets out the mandatory prescribing and dispensing standards for controlled substances.” The following information was gathered as a means of comparing prescription rates for the year before (July 2011 through June 2012) the bill and a few years after (July 2014 through June 2015).

  • Hydrocodone: -21.2 percent
  • Oxycodone: -4.1 percent
  • Oxymorphone: -24.6 percent
  • Tramadol: +25.8 percent
  • Alprazolam: -18.8 percent
  • Diazepam: -15.3 percent
  • Buprenorphine/ Naloxone: +82.2 percent
  • All controlled substances -4.7 percent

The increases in prescribing represent increases in alternative medications for treating pain. Tramadol has a lower risk of abuse than other prescription painkillers. Also, the increase in buprenorphine points to an increase in treatment of opioid addiction.

If you have a prescription medication addiction, you might feel like you are using a safer drug than street drugs, like meth or heroin. But, prescription drugs that are used nonmedically aren’t safe. You won’t be safe until you stop using.

Marijuana

Marijuana remains the most used illicit drug in the state. In 2015, the state reports it seized over 530,000 plants, making it among the top five states for eradication of plants.  But, there is good news: use rates among Kentucky youth are some of the lowest in the United States. Many see efforts to legalize marijuana as a threat to these low use rates.

If you have a marijuana use disorder, treatment can offer you a safe space to learn new behaviors that can help you to cope with stressors in your life without returning to drug use.

Treatment Statistics According to the Treatment Episode Data collected by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20,601 people age 12 and older sought drug and alcohol treatment in Kentucky. Of those, 58.7 percent were male and 41.3 percent were female.

Breakdown by Primary Substance at Admission

  • 3,671 alcohol only
  • 2,711 alcohol and secondary drug
  • 1,232 heroin
  • 6,685 other opiates
  • 1,006 smoked cocaine
  • 503 cocaine via other route
  • 2,829 marijuana
  • 1,114 methamphetamine and amphetamine
  • 532 tranquilizers
  • 38 sedatives
  • 10 hallucinogens
  • 1 PCP
  • 20 inhalants
  • 249 unspecified

Race/Ethnicity

  • 87.6 percent white (non-Hispanic)
  • 9.6 percent black (non-Hispanic)
  • percent Hispanic origin
  • 0.2 percent American Indian/Alaska Native
  • 0.1 percent Asian/Pacific Islander
  • 1.6 percent other

If you are ready to join the groups of people seeking treatment, call 800-721-8114. Speak with someone who can connect you to treatment right away. You can do it. Get started.

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