10 Most Common Addictions in Utah

There are many different types of addictions. This includes the top ten in the state of Utah.

10. Caffeine

Caffeine is the most popular addiction in the United States. Over 90% of adults use it, despite high doses having negative consequences.

9. Sex

4-6% of Americans have a sex addiction. Sex addictions cause the spread of STIs and HIV/AIDS.

8. Gambling

Utah has no publicly funded gambling addiction services. This is despite 2.2% of Utah adults (46,653) who are believed to have a gambling problem.

7. Cigarettes

In just this past month alone in Salt Lake City, 17.2% of people over 12 smoked cigarettes. The rate is slightly lower than the state as a whole which is at 14.9%.

6. Cannabis

The rate of cannabis this year in Salt Lake City alone was 9.1%. The entire state has a population has a usage percentage of 7.1%.

5. Alcohol

17.4 percent of persons in Salt Lake City, Utah, aged 12 or older, participated in binge alcohol use at least once in the past month.

4. Stimulants

Stimulants such as Adderall are heavily abused in Utah. A large percent of abusers are college students.

3. Meth

Individuals seeking meth treatment represent roughly 28 percent of all substance abuse treatment program admissions. Of those in treatment, nearly 75 percent are women and mothers.

2. Prescription pain relievers

Prescription opioids were involved in 237 deaths in 2017. In 2018, Utah providers wrote 57.1 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons compared to the average U.S. rate of 51.4 prescriptions.

1. Heroin

Heroin results in thousands of overdoses a year across the nation. In Utah, 437 drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018 (a rate of 14.8).

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