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The Most Abused Drugs of 2013

Alcohol is the Most Abused Drug of 2013

Drugs of abuse constitute a crowded group of substances. Although the drugs most abused in 2013 are unchanged from years past, the landscape of drug abuse changes every year. Tennessee drug users should seek professional help to get and stay clean.

Popular Drugs in the Past

The drugs most frequently abused in 2013 are as follows:

  • Alcohol – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in a 2011 survey that over half of American adults drink alcohol regularly. Although not all drinking is considered alcohol abuse, another 2011 report from the CDC states that more than 25,000 people died from alcohol abuse that year.
  • Nicotine – Although tobacco use is declining, nicotine is still more popular than any illegal drug
  • Marijuana – The most popular drug of abuse, marijuana became legal in Colorado and Washington in 2013. Meanwhile, the perception of risk associated with marijuana continues to decline.

These three substances continue to be commonly abused. Tennessee residents who abuse these drugs risk serious problems.

Statistics on Opioid Abuse

The broad spectrum of drugs derived from the poppy include opium, morphine, heroin and many prescription painkillers. Abuse of these drugs continued to grow in 2013, as prescription painkiller abuse appears to drive an increase in opioid abuse. Oxymorphone, buprenorphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone are opioid painkillers that are frequently abused. Overdoses from prescription drugs are especially common in some southeastern states. Heroin has become more popular recently. Demand for prescription drugs has caused the price of these drugs to rise, so Tennessee drug addicts may discover a cheaper alternative in heroin if they cannot buy enough prescriptions to feed cravings.

Statistics on Stimulant Abuse

These drugs make users go and go. Cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription Ritalin might be the most well-known and most discussed stimulants. However, amphetamines and Adderall are each more commonly abused. Cocaine has always been associated with high cost and status. The powder available on the streets in 2013 is often so diluted with similar powders that many people who believe they abused cocaine have actually not.

Statistics on Tranquilizer Abuse

Drugs that calm anxiety improved greatly, as barbiturates were mostly replaced in the late 1990’s by benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines. Although the difference between a euphoric and lethal dose is much greater with the newer drugs, tranquilizers were still frequently abused in 2013. Popular tranquilizers include Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax and Ambien. These drugs are often used along with opioids to extend the high or to make it easier to come down. However, this practice puts Tennessee drug users at great risk of cardiac arrest and death.

New Drugs Abused in 2013

In 2013, the following drugs gained new or additional attention from health officials:

  • Desomorphine – An opioid that can be made with common substances, like cough syrup and lighter fluid. It is popular in Russia, where the scaly damage it does to the skin has earned it the nickname Krokodil.
  • N-bomb – A group of synthetic hallucinogens which are more powerful than LSD
  • Molly –MDMA, or ecstasy, distributed as a powder that can be mixed into drinks
  • Purple drank – Prescription cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine is mixed with soda and sipped throughout the day

New drug dangers continually develop, so Tennessee residents must stay abreast of current drug trends.

Help for Tennessee Drug Addicts

If you or a Tennessee loved one has trouble with drug abuse, call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline to learn more about treatment options. You can recover if you have the right help.