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Drug Addiction Statistics

As per 2010 National Survey on Drug Usage and Health conducted by US government, it was found that more than 22 million American citizens or 9% of the total population use illegal drugs and are victims of drug addiction. This staggering fact alone displays how severe and complicated drug abuse has become in recent times.

History Of Drug Addiction In The United States

When the New World or the present day America was discovered by Columbus, a lot of traders, craftsmen and artisans descended on this continent. Along with them, they brought the sinful pleasures of using addiction-prone substances. It started with tobacco, which was introduced by the team of Columbus itself, which soon gave way to alcohol and hard drinks. Opium and cocaine was anyways grown in and around South America which soon found its way into North America, and in no time, tobacco, alcohol and opium became the most favourite ‘recreational’ drugs for Americans.

Although there was no government supported regulation, but a pamphlet from 18th century advised against usage of any drink or substance “which is liable to steal away a man’s senses and render him foolish, irascible, uncontrollable and dangerous.”

Finally, it was in 1970, when the famous Controlled Substance Act was passed by Congress, which identified and prohibited usages of multi substance narcotic and synthetic products.

Amount Of Deaths Due To Drug Addiction Per Year In California

The USA government and Health ministry’s launched War on Drugs during 1980s. Before that, around 1500 deaths were reported in California due to drug overuse and addiction. Once strict action and punishment started to be handed over in case of drugs sale and usage, the number of deaths has certainly come down but it has not stopped. As per a recent research by California Department of Public Health, it was found that between the period 1980-2008, 4,196 Californian residents died from drug overdose, drug addiction and usage of illegal narcotic substances. This number is 25% of all deaths in California due to external causes. For information visit here: and

Most Common Drugs Found/Used In California

The following are the most common drugs found/used in California:

  • Cannabis (marijuana etc)
  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates / Benzodiazepines
  • LSD
  • Opium
  • Psychedelic Mushrooms
  • Solvents (glue, shoe polish etc)

Amount Of People Checked Into Drug Addiction Rehabs Per Year

It is widely misunderstood that drug addicts are immoral human beings, who have no control over their will power. But this is far from truth. Those who become addicts are normal human beings but, have unintentionally surrounded themselves with complex problems. Good thing is that, there are drug rehab centers in and around California where drug addicts can admit themselves and begin the process of getting de-addicted.

In the year 2009, 181,386 people went to drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in California. Approximately 9% of the total population of the state reported usage of illegal drugs and narcotics substances. As per the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, the number of rehab centers in California stands at 1820 in 2006, up from 1772 in 2002.

De-addiction from harmful drugs is not easy, but neither it is impossible. What we require is just a try and determined approach. Government and the society are there to help and assist. For more information related to rehab centers in California, please call us at (866) 531-4569.

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