Drug Rehab Need By Gender

  • Among persons aged 12 or older in 2000, the percentage of males needing addiction treatment for an illicit drug problem was higher than the percentage of females needing addiction treatment (2.6 vs. 1.6 percent). This translates to 2.7 million males and 1.9 million females needing addiction treatment. On the other hand, the percentage receiving specialty addiction treatment among those needing addiction treatment was higher for females than males (19.0 vs. 15.0 percent). However, this was not a statistically significant difference.
  • Among youths aged 12 to 17 in 2000, the percentage of males needing addiction treatment for an illicit drug problem was higher than the percentage of females needing addiction treatment (5.0 vs. 4.2 percent). The percentage receiving specialty addiction treatment among youths needing addiction treatment was higher for males than females (13.0 vs. 9.4 percent). This was not a statistically significant difference.
  • In 2000, 2.0 percent of whites aged 12 or older needed addiction treatment for an illicit drug problem. The percentage needing addiction treatment was about the same among blacks and Hispanics (2.5 and 2.4 percent, respectively). The highest rates of those needing addiction treatment were for persons reporting more than one race (5.5 percent) and for American Indians/Alaska Natives (4.3 percent); the lowest rate was for Asians (0.7 percent).
  • Among whites needing addiction treatment, 17.8 percent received addiction treatment at a specialty facility. Only 9.0 percent of all Hispanics needing addiction treatment received addiction treatment. The percentage receiving addiction treatment among blacks who needed addiction treatment was 18.6 percent, although the sampling error associated with this estimate is large and the estimate is not shown in the tables.
  • Whites accounted for most of the illicit drug addiction treatment need in 2000. Of the 4.7 million persons needing addiction treatment, 3.2 million (69 percent) were white. Whites accounted for 75 percent of the persons who received specialty addiction treatment for an illicit drug problem in 2000.

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