Substance abuse is an American problem– a problem which we’re familiar with in St. Charles County.
The average for drug-related deaths in Missouri is higher than the national average. And St. Charles County has a particularly high average with 23.5 drug deaths per 100,000.
The following are some facts about St. Charles substance abuse that you should know.
1. There’s a Heroin Problem in St. Charles
In 2017, 248 individuals sought treatment in the Division of Behavioral Health substance abuse programs for heroin addiction. This number has risen since previous years, and it’s the second highest number of individuals seeking treatment behind alcohol abuse.
According to data from the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office, there were 195 heroin-related possession and distribution charges in St. Charles County in 2016, up from 160 the previous year. With the increase in charges, there has also been an increase in deaths. In 2008, 22 people in St. Charles County died from opiate overdose. In 2017, that number was 80.
Through our partnership with C.R.U.S.H., we prioritize the initiative to address the growing heroin epidemic.
2. Drunk Driving Deaths are High
41% of all driving deaths in 2018 were caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. That’s much higher than the Missouri state average of 30%.
3. Excessive Drinking in St. Charles is an Issue
22% of adults report binge or heavy drinking. That’s more than 1 in 5 adults.
The average reported binge drinking in Missouri is slightly less at 19%.
4. More People Seek Treatment for Alcohol Addiction than Any Other Drug
While the number of individuals admitted to treatments centers for alcohol abuse has dropped over the past three years, the number seeking treatment is still high. In 2017, 366 individuals were admitted to the Division of Behavioral Health substance abuse programs.
5. St. Charles Substance Issues Start Young
The average age of first drug use in our county is 18.7 years old. This number has risen from 18.4 in 2016 and 17.6 in 2015, but it has not changed much.
Substance Abuse Resources in St. Charles
There are a number of treatment centers in St. Charles County to help individuals struggling with substance abuse:
Be sure to also check out the resources on the C.R.U.S.H. website.