Substance abuse is a problem across the US, and while rates may vary from region to region, the truth is that no state is immune. In fact, the numbers show that Michigan is above the national average in many areas, proving that drug and alcohol addiction are prevalent throughout the state.
In 2013-2014, Michigan had the 12th highest rate of past-month illicit drug use out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with 9.18 percent of Michigan adults admitting to using illicit drugs in the past 30 days. This is according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, undertaken by the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Great Lakes State also rated 18th for nonmedical use of pain relievers in 2013 (from 5.33 percent to 6.33 of the adult population, based on region), and had the 13th highest rates of binge drinking compared to other states, according to data from the Michigan Department of Community Health report published in April 2014. Heroin and cocaine use are also seen statewide, even among middle school and high school students, according to The Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services (BSAAS).
All of this illicit drug use has led to unintentional poisonings becoming the leading cause of injury and death in Michigan in 2009, driven primarily by opioid analgesics including oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone, which are usually prescribed to relieve pain. Data from 1999-2009 indicates that the unintentional drug poisoning death rate for opioid analgesics in Michigan increased by 734.6 percent during that 10-year period, while the death rate for heroin and cocaine increased by 487.8 percent and 203.9 percent, respectively.
A bright spot among all these statistics is that many Michiganders are seeking help. In 2013, nearly $75 million was spent in the state on inpatient and outpatient treatment according to the Michigan Department of Community Health, Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities Administration Report to the Legislature. At the same time, nearly $9 million went to detox expenditures, $6 million was spent on recovery support and another $17 million on prevention, while $660,527 was allotted for early intervention. It’s important that the treatment available in Michigan addresses co-occurring disorders since 20 percent of state residents report that they suffer from a mental illness.
Help is available for those who are ready to address their addiction issues, and integrated treatment allows for the best opportunity for lasting recovery. By seeing how much is spent on treatment each year in Michigan, it’s a great reminder that there is hope for recovery!