In February 2012, 300 actor Gerard Butler completed treatment for a painkiller addiction. Butler’s struggles with addiction started in 2006 while filming a physically demanding role. He checked himself into a rehabilitation facility after realizing he was relying too much on the medication.
A 2010 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Tennessee ranked No. 8 nationally in drug overdose deaths.
The death rate for drug overdoses has nearly tripled to 16 deaths per 100,000 people in Tennessee since 1999, according to data from the state Division of Health Statistics.
The state ranks among the top in the nation for the number of prescriptions written, oxycodone and hydrocodone sales and drug overdose deaths.
Sales of opioid pain relievers in Tennessee are 1.7 times that of the United States.
Young adults ages 18 to 25 have the highest annual rates of prescription drug abuse.
The state’s Medicaid program, which provides health care to uninsured Tennesseans, saw spending on narcotic prescriptions increase 48 percent to nearly $49 million between 2007 and 2011.
Emergency room admissions to Tennessee community hospitals for drug-related disorders are estimated to have cost $6.7 million in 2009 up from $ 4.2 million in 2005 based on an average cost of $4,900 per hospital stay for a drug-related disorder.
A study using five-year averages from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 8.3% of Tennesseans needed specialty treatment for a substance use problem; 11.5% of people who needed treatment actually received it.
Roughly 39% of all meth users are between the ages of 21 and 30.
43% of all cocaine users that smoke it in crack form are between the ages of 31 and 40 while 42% of those that use the powder form in that same age group ingest it by other means (injecting, snorting, etc.)
29% of all heroin users are between the ages of 21 and 30.
41.5% of all marijuana users are between the ages of 12 and 20.
79% of all the individuals who abuse alcohol are male while 72% of all the ones who abuse alcohol and a secondary substance with it (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, etc.) are male.
80% of all the inmates in the Colorado penal system currently have substance abuse related problems.
Meth use in the state nearly tripled between 2000 and 2010.
Every day the police will make about 60 DUI arrests and 80 drug arrests.
Every month the state of Colorado will lose about 110 residents to alcohol related death and 20 to illegal drug overdose.
Illegal drug use takes a serious toll on California. Drug abuse is California’s #1 premature killer, killing more people than car accidents, suicides and homicides. Every year, California seizes 413,000 pounds of marijuana, more than 300,000 ecstasy pills, 18,000 pounds of cocaine, and over 5,000 pounds of meth.
Breaking the Taboo (2011) – A Global Drug War Film
Narrated by Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman, “Breaking the Taboo” takes a critical look at how after 50 years of prohibition, illicit drugs are now the third most valuable industry in the world after food and oil.
Featuring interviews with several current or former presidents from around the world, such as Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the film follows The Global Commission on Drug Policy on a mission to break the political taboo over the United States led War on Drugs and expose what it calls the biggest failure of global policy in the last 40 years.