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The use of drugs in Wisconsin is not as high as other states in the U.S. In 2005 only about 2.5 percent of the population was involved in drug use. However, alcohol use is the biggest addiction problem in the state.
In a survey conducted in 2005 among the 19,806 participants cocaine was used by 1,538 of them (this included smoking, injecting and snorting it). Cocaine is available in all area of the state is not as widely used as marijuana.

Only 383 of the people survey admitted to heroin use, making one of the least used drugs in the state. In recent years the purity of the drug brought into Wisconsin has increased sometimes to as high as 95 percent and that gives users the option of snorting instead of injecting.

The use of methamphetamine is the lowest of all the substances that people were asked about, only 110 of the 19,806 persons surveyed said that they used meth. Between 2001 and 2005 only 355 meth labs were seized in the state.

The use of "club drugs" such as Ecstasy is not a big problem for the state of Wisconsin. It is found in all parts of the state but not in large amounts nor is it found as frequently as other drugs. By far, the most widely used illicit drug is marijuana. Of the 19,806 people polled 1,843 admitted to using marijuana. Males were found to use it more than females at a rate of 79.4 percent to 20.6 percent. 18 to 20 year olds were the highest age group to admit to marijuana use.

Although no statistics were available on prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin it is becoming an increasing problem primarily among teenagers. Most youth think it is safer to take prescription drugs than illicit drugs because they were given by a health care professional and are safer. The incidents of emergency room visits for drug overdose has increased in the last few years and most of these are for prescription drugs. Police official are reporting that crimes against pharmacies are increasing at an alarming rate.

10,892 people were admitted to rehabilitation center in Wisconsin for the treatment of alcohol according to statistics. Of these 74.2 percent were male and 25.8 were female. The age group with the most admitted was in the 36 to 40 range. Alcohol use with another drug accounted for 3,254 admissions to clinics. Of these more than 75 percent were men and less than 24 percent were women.

The illicit drug meth accounted for only 110 of all 19,806 of drug treatment admissions. 20 percent of these were 21 to 25 years of age. By far, more people who use marijuana sought treatment for their problem, 1,843 of the 19,806 admissions. Eighteen to twenty year olds were the group with the most marijuana problem.
The elderly of Wisconsin (ages 61 and over) had a very low percentage of drug abuse. No more than two percent of this age group abused drug and those that did more often used alcohol in combination with other drugs.

The majority of Wisconsin's treatment centers were outpatient facilities and most of them did not treat mental health problems. There are a few centers that used rapid detox as a method of treatment for heroin abuse but since heroin use is low in Wisconsin it may be hard to find a place that uses this method alone

Before choosing a rehabilitation center a person should investigate the types of centers, the programs offered and the cost. All rehab centers will allow a person to ask questions concerning the programs. Many will allow a visit by an addict before entering the program. The only way for a successful recovery is for the person to be happy in the facility and be willing to be involved in all phases of the process. Admitting there is a problem is the first step.


References:

http://www.drugabuse.gov/
http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/substabuse/index.htm

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