Louisiana Substance Abuse

LOUISIANA SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Louisiana is one of the states situated in the United States. It is exactly located in the Deep South region of the South Central United States. It is the 25th most populous and the 31st most extensive of the 50 United States. It is bordered with the west by the state of texas, north by Arkansas, in the east by Mississippi and the south direction by Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi River covers the major part of the eastern boundary. The capital of the state is Baton Rouge and New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana.

Largest cities in Louisiana:

S.NoName of the citiesPopulationLatitude/Longitude
1New Orleans389,61729.955 / -90.075
2Baton Rouge228,59030.443 / -91.187
3Shreveport 197,20432.525 / -93.75
4Metairie Terrace142,48929.979 / -90.164
5Metairie138,48129.984 / -90.153

Most commonly abused substances in Louisiana

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine (powdered)
  • Crack cocaine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Prescription Drugs

Substance abuse facts

  • 6 percent of the state budget goes to substance abuse concerns
  • 97 cents for every dollar spent on substance abuse concerns go towards dealing with the consequences of addiction with only 3 cents going towards prevention and treatment
  • Louisiana ranks 19th in the number of drug overdose deaths per year. This leads to many drug rehab centers in louisiana
  • Police estimate that around 75 percent of homicides in New Orleans are drug-related.
  • Louisiana has the highest murder rate anywhere in the country, many of these are assumed to be drug-related.
  • In most years drug-related offenses greatly outnumber any other offense in Louisiana.
  • The State is with 6th highest opioid prescription-per-capita rate in the country. However, this number is down from 2013, when there were 5,497,900 filled prescriptions for opioids in the state.
  • Due to the overdose of multiple drug consumption in the state, most of the people in Louisianians died in 2016.
  • Opiates were involved in most overdose cases, along with fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is growing in availability.
  • This figure represents children ages 12 to 17. Illicit drug use doesn’t affect adults exclusively. Oftentimes, vulnerable youth fall prey to substance abuse and addiction, as was the case in Louisiana.
  • The Louisiana city saw a record-shattering amount of deaths in 2016, which exceeded the number of homicide deaths (174) for that year. In New Orleans, it has been recorded an increase of 129% death rates due to a drug overdose.

The 2015 Louisiana Behavioral Health Barometer found that in the year before the survey

  • 228,000 Louisiana residents aged 12 years and older, or 6 percent of all people in this age bracket, were dependent on or abused alcohol each year from 2013 through 2014.
  • 238,000 people 12 and older, or 7.5 percent, were heavy drinkers each year from 2010 through 2014.
  • 112,000 people 12 and older, or 2.9 percent, were dependent on or abused illicit drugs(addicted to painkillers) per year in 2013 and 2014.

Substance abuse treatment

  • Even with this widespread need for professional addiction treatment, far too few Louisiana residents received the help they needed for a substance use disorder. On average, between 2010 and 2014:
  • In Louisiana, about 7.1% of people receive treatment out of the huge number who were dependent on alcohol.
  • In the total number of people who abuse or are dependent on illicit drugs, only 16.6 percent of them were receiving treatment
  • For substance use disorder nearly 10,515 people received treatment in 2015.
S.NoName of the drugNumber people received treatmentPercentage
1Other406339%
2Opiates201019%
3Alcohol169716%
4Methamphetamine108510%
5Marijuana102010%
6Cocaine6406%

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-662-4357

If you are struggling with addiction, SAMHSA helps you to find local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.​

Addiction Aide HotLine

1-802-231-1018

Addiction aide provides confidential drug abuse assessment and treatment placement tailored to your individual needs. Achieve Long-term recovery, give us a call or fill out the form below and we will respond as soon as possible.​

Find a way to your recovery

Despite its historic, linguistic, and cultural origins, people in Louisiana suffer from addiction. The state spends its budget for the welfare of the people and has many addiction treatment centers. They counsel, treat the people to recover from addiction. You can avail a list of treatment centers near you, check on the facilities available in the center with addictionaide. If you wish to travel outside of the state for your recovery, there were many options available and you can pick it from our center locator page. Give us a call to get help for your addiction.

Current captions about Drug abuse in louisiana

Cocaine

About 66,000 people 12 and older reported having abused cocaine in 2015.

Heroin

Approximately  6,000 individuals reported heroin use.

Alcohol

Over 250,000 people had alcohol addiction.

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