Virginia has a rich history in America. It was one of the first thirteen colonies that rebelled against the British, and it has been the birthplace of eight US presidents. The capital of the country, Washington DC, is nestled right up against Virginia’s border. Richmond, the capital of Virginia, was also chosen to be the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Because Richmond is only about a hundred miles from Washington, this meant that the area of Virginia between the two capitals was home to hundreds of battles over the course of the war.

Today, Virginia is still the home for many important sectors of the US government, including the Department of Defense and the CIA. The state’s economy has long centered on agricultural products such as tobacco, but today, its leading export is actually computer chips. Despite this move into the twenty-first century, the state is still dealing with widespread drug abuse problems.

Here are several other facts about the state of drug addiction and drug rehab in Virginia.

Drug Facts and Statistics in Virginia

Here are the main drug facts and statistics that are affecting the state of Virginia:

  • Virginia has had a 958 percent increase in the number of meth labs seized by law enforcement between 2008 to 2011. Over this time period, the number of seizures went from 19 to 201.
  • 7.53 percent of Virginia residents admit to using illegal drugs in the past month, which is lower than the 8.82 percent average of Americans that use drugs on a monthly basis.
  • The number of Virginia residents that die as a direct result of their drug use is much lower than the national average. In Virginia, 8.9 out of every 100,000 people die as a direct result of using drugs, whereas the national average is 12.8 people per 100,000.

Common Drugs of Abuse in Virginia

In order to truly understand drug use trends in Virginia, it’s necessary to understand which drugs are being abused. Here is a drug-by-drug breakdown of which are being abused in recent years.

  • Heroin is responsible for only about 12 percent of all drug treatment admissions in Virginia. The percentage of admissions for this drug has fluctuated over the years, but has been in this range for the last two decades.
  • Marijuana has been steadily climbing upward in usage and in treatment rates. It now accounts for 37 percent of all treatment admissions.
  • Cocaine and crack are slowly but surely declining in usage and in treatment admissions, as they are in most of the rest of the country. They now account for about 16 percent of all drug treatment admissions.
  • Meth has continued to account for only about 3 percent of all treatment admissions, similar to the rate for the past two decades.
  • Prescription drugs are the fastest growing segment of abuse and now account for almost 20 percent of all treatment admissions.

Recent Virginia Drug News

Virginia is one of several states that have seen fatal overdoses on heroin and other drugs shooting upward in recent years. Between 2011 and 2012, for example, deaths from heroin use rose from 245 to 378. For several decades, authorities thought heroin was dropping in popularity and that it might eventually not be a major source of drug deaths across the country. Recent trends, however, are showing that the drug will not die away that easily.

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