Alcohol & Drug Awareness
60% of Michigan adults, aged 18 and older, used alcohol in the past month, while 16% of youth aged 12-17 consumed alcohol. 27% of adults and 10% of youth binge drank in the past month.
Excessive alcohol use is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for people in the United States each year.
From 2001-2005, there were approximately 79,000 deaths annually attributes to excessive alcohol use in the United States.
In 2008, there were approximately 190,000 emergency rooms visits by persons under age 21 for injuries and other conditions linked to alcohol in the United States.
According to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2010-2011, 10.7% of Michigan residents aged 12 years and older reported using illicit drugs in the past month. When marijuana was excluded, the estimated dropped to 3.6%.
Since 2003, over 90% of all poisonings have involved drugs, with the largest increase in poisonings related to opioid analgesics (pain relievers) (6,7). A similar national pattern has also been seen in Michigan with poisonings exceeding motor vehicle crashes to become the leading cause of injury death in Michigan in 2009.
In 2008, poisoning surpassed moto vehicle crashes to become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.