Fast Facts

• Recent survey data indicates that there are nearly 54,000 substance abusers in Denver, or 11% of the 12 and over population.

• Denver adults (18+) report higher past 30-day alcohol use (65%) than Colorado (62%) or the US (56%).

• Denver adults report higher past 30-day binge alcohol use (18%) than Colorado (16%) or the US (14%).

• Denver had a higher percentage of alcohol related fatal crashes than all of Colorado in 2004 (65.5% vs. 37.2%), 2005 (43.1% vs. 35.3%), and 2006 (35.5% vs. 34.4%).

• Denver’s alcohol mortality rate increased by 26% from 2000 to 2005 and was 76% higher than Colorado’s rate in 2005.

• Denver’s narcotic violation arrest rate was at least three times higher than the rate for all of Colorado from 2000 through 2005.

• Denver’s drug mortality rate increased by 49% from 2000 to 2005 and was 48.3% higher than Colorado’s in 2005.

• Denver marijuana treatment admissions doubled from 2000 to 2005 increasing from 25 to 34 percent of total drug treatment admissions.

• Denver methamphetamine indicators are increasing, with treatment admissions rising three-fold from 2000 to 2005, and the rate of emergency department visits more than doubling from 2004 to 2005.

• Cocaine still dominates the Denver stimulant scene, with treatment admissions rising 37% and deaths more than doubling from 2000 to 2005.
 
[SOURCE: City and County of Denver Substance Use and Abuse Prevalence and Trends Fact Sheet (June 2007)]
 
 
 
 
 
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