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Drug Addiction in Wisconsin
Wisconsin has troublesome rates of drug and alcohol use and addiction. Alcohol was a factor in at least 2,008 deaths in 2015. Further, Wisconsin residents are susceptible to abusing alcohol and opioids, particularly narcotic pain medications. Research shows that emergency department visits related to narcotic pain relievers increased 117% between 2005 and 2011.
In 2014 there were 14,710 drug-related hospitalizations in Wisconsin resulting from an overdose, substance-related psychosis, and other associated medical conditions.
There are a variety of substance abuse rehabilitation programs throughout the state that treat a number of different populations while providing several types of payment options for people with and without insurance.
Addiction by the Numbers
- Past-month alcohol use among those age 12 and older and among those age 12-20 were both higher than the national average in 2014-2015 (60.36% and 23.86%, respectively).
- In 2013, 15% of Wisconsin high school students reported the use of prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at some point in their lives.
- Only 33.3% of all Wisconsin adolescents who experienced a major depressive episode within the past year received treatment, on average, from 2011-2015.
- Only 45.2% of all Wisconsin adults with any mental illness reported receiving mental health services within the past year from 2011-2015.
- In a single-day count, 24,371 Wisconsin residents were enrolled in substance use treatment in 2015. Almost 22% were receiving treatment for an alcohol problem, 35.1% were receiving treatment for a drug problem, and 43.2% were receiving treatment for both drug and alcohol problems.