2023 Epi Profiles Stimulants

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Epi Profiles Purpose

The profiles are tools for individuals and organizations working in substance use-related areas like behavioral health, public health, public safety, and public policy. They provide an overview of various substances, substance use behaviors, and consequences related to substance use. The Colorado SEOW publishes statewide substance use profiles every other year.

The profiles result from the collaborative efforts of Colorado SEOW partners and their respective agencies. The Evaluation Center (TEC) at the University of Colorado Denver is contracted through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to coordinate and carry out the development of the profiles.

Stimulants Profile Highlights

Nationally, adults aged 18-25, misuse prescription stimulants at higher rates than other groups. (1)

National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2021

The rate of prescription stimulants dispensed to Colorado residents more than doubled from 2020 (108.1 per 1,000 residents) to 2021 (237.3 per 1,000 residents). (2)

Overdose deaths involving methamphetamine

increased from 2019 to 2021. Those from methamphetamine rose from 6.1 to 12.9 per 100,000. (3)

Age adjusted rates per 100,000 population

Vital Statistics Program, 2019-2021

More than one in five (20.3%) treatment admissions in Colorado were for methamphetamine or cocaine in 2021 (4)

  1. National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2021
  2. Colorado Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, 2020-21
  3. Vital Statistics Program, 2019-2021
  4. Drug/Alcohol Coordinated Data System, 2021