Drug use in Mississippi is about the same as the average drug use for the United States, between 2.5% and 3% of people struggle with illicit drug addiction in both the state and the country. Average rates of addiction among young people is lower in Mississippi than the national average. In Mississippi about 9% of residents between 12 and 17 years old abuse illegal substances, the average for the country is just under 10%.

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The most popular drug used in Mississippi is marijuana. About 28% of people enrolled in treatment facilities in Mississippi say that marijuana is their primary drug abused. A significant portion of those surveyed reported “other” as their primary drug, this is likely attributable to the extremely high rates of use of crack cocaine, which would fall into this category. About 26% of patients responded this way, and another 22% reported cocaine use. Prescription pain-killers were mentioned by another 12% of patients, and 8% cited stimulants.

Mississippi’s alcohol dependence is lower than that of the rest of the United States. On average, about 5% of Mississippi’s residents struggle with alcoholism; the rate for the country is about 6.5%.

Treatment statistics in Mississippi are among the lowest in the country. Less than 1% of heavy alcohol abusers receive treatment for their addiction. Only about 6.5% of people who are dependent on illicit drugs enroll in a treatment program. It is strongly recommended that anyone who is looking to overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol seek the immediate help of a rehabilitation facility.

There are 80 different recovery centers in the state of Mississippi offering treatment for drug or alcohol dependence. Most of the facilities in the state are privately operated and owned by individuals or groups but there are many options provided by the public. There are also many options for those seeking treatment other than the typical, live-in type of facility. Many centers offer treatment in the form of outpatient and residential care. Addiction recovery programs are often housed in the same facility as other mental health services. In Mississippi, 36 of the 80 facilities operate in this way, the other 44 are exclusively for addiction rehabilitation.

Mississippi Behavioral Health Resources


Mississippi Department of Mental Health – Substance Abuse

239 North Lamar Street
Robert E. Lee Bldg. #1101
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone Number: (601)-359-1288
Fax Number: (601)-359-6672
Web Site: http://www.dmh.state.ms.us