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Crack was once considered a street drug that was only used by those with a little bit of money and a huge drug addiction.

While that may have been the case 30 years ago, crack has become more and more prevalent among many different groups in society. Though cocaine is more popular than crack in the United States, the crack addiction statistics show that there are a greater number of complications due to crack use (including criminal activity and medical emergencies).

Take a look at the crack addiction statistics below, and decide whether or not it’s time for crack rehab for you or someone you love.

Crime Statistics

In the 1980s when crack was first introduced to the drug market, it was created as a cheaper alternative to cocaine. Drug dealers specifically targeted inner city individuals (sometimes involved in gang activity) who desired a cheaper alternative to getting high. When crack was initially introduced to the streets, crime rates increased compared to years prior.

The crack addiction statistics below define a strong link between crack use and crime:

  • 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse Crack Statistics examined crime rates years prior to the introduction of crack to the streets and found that crime rates were approximately 10 percent lower. The increase in crime rates included violent crimes like murder.
  • In a 2001 survey, 8.9 percent of adult male arrestees and 28.5 percent of female arrestees admitted to using crack in the year before their arrest, an increase over prior years.

While crack addiction alone cannot take the full blame for increased crime rates, it is clear that the rise in crime is due in part to the buying, selling and using of crack.

Use by Demographic

It is not just career criminals who are addicted to crack: students and people with families and careers also abuse this drug. While career criminals and inner city dwellers were the primary users when crack first hit the streets, today the drug is being used in every neighborhood in the United States, according to statistics:

  • In 2001, crack addiction statistics showed 2 percent of college students and 4.7 percent of young adults (aged 19 through 28) reported using crack cocaine at least once in their lives.
  • About 0.9 percent of college students and 1.3 percent of young adults reported past year crack use.
  • About 0.1 percent of college students and 0.4 percent of young adults reported using crack in the past month.
  • 6.2 million (2.8 percent) of Americans over the age of 12 report trying crack at least once in the past year.
  • About 1 million Americans (0.5 percent) say that they tried crack in the year previous.
  • Another 406,000 people (0.2 percent) reported using crack within the past month.

Addiction Treatment

During the 2001 survey, only 12 percent of addicts (about 150,000 people) who were admitted to drug addiction rehab programs were using crack.

Treatment of crack addiction is necessary to prevent future health problems or other life complications. Addicts can choose to enter a traditional, inpatient rehab program that will allow them to detox and get support for their crack addiction, or they can choose an outpatient program that allows them to complete their recovery during the day and returning home each night.

Many crack addicts in recovery report experiencing effects of the drugs for up to six months after they last used crack. This can lead to greater cravings and opportunity for relapse. Typical relapse rates are about 50 percent with any addiction, but because of the toxic, addictive nature of crack cocaine, there may be a greater chance of relapse with this drug.

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Don’t Become a Statistic

Crack statistics demonstrate that crack cocaine is a drug that can have severe effects upon the life and health of an addict. They also prove that it’s not just one demographic that can become victims of crack use. Crack addiction is a real addiction that can affect all people of all ages from any walk of life.

If you or someone you love is living with crack addiction, don’t wait to get the help you need. Contact us today at Rehab International and learn how you can change your life at a crack rehab near you.


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