COLORADO – Addiction and Drug Statistics

  • 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.

source: Therapia Addiction Healing Center

Additional Resources

Prescription Drug Abuse in Colorado – Colorado Attorney General

Colo. Drug Use Higher Than National Average, Study Shows – Huffington Post

Colorado’s Marijuana Arrests Disproportionately Impact Latinos, Blacks: MARP Report – Huffington Post

Heroin and other opiate use rising in Colorado, figures show –



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