of patients in treatment are under the age of 18.

From 2002-2006, Alaska has been among the States with the highest percentage of illicit drug dependence compared to state population for ages 12 and older, as well as for adolescents age 12 to 17.


Alaska's remote location has played an integral part in the state's lower than average drug abuse and drug trafficking statistics. However, Alaska's remoteness does not deter drug trafficking organizations from transporting drugs to those who want them. While Alaskans do have access to all major drugs including cocaine, crack, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine, they do pay a premium. Methamphetamine abuse is growing across the state, with small meth labs popping up in the rural towns and cities.

For many Alaskans, they no longer have to use illegal substances because the availability of prescription drugs has increased over the past few years. These drugs are readily available in medicine cabinets and drugstores across the state. This has resulted in high burglary rates for hospitals, medical centers and pharmacies across the state. Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs are oxycodone, hydrocodone and anabolic steroids.

Besides prescription drugs, Alaska suffers from one of the highest alcohol abuse rates in the country. Alcohol abuse can destroy families, friends and lives if untreated. Alaska does have several professional rehabilitation centers for those addicted to alcohol, drugs or both. To find out more about rehabilitation programs in Alaska, please call our 24 hour help line. We will provide the guidance and support you need to find the best treatment program for you.

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