Data released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that admissions to drug treatment centers for marijuana use in Philadelphia have dropped 80% over five years. The decline in drug treatment center admissions is documented in the 2020 site report for Philadelphia from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS).
“Marijuana admissions have been declining for the past five years and have the lowest percentage of the selected substances reported,” the authors wrote in the report.
The NDEWS describes and compares drug use patterns and trends in selected communities across the United States. Coordinators of the program work closely with epidemiologists in 12 communities to monitor emerging drugs and drug trends by utilizing indicators such as overdose deaths, treatment admissions, hospital cases, poison center exposure calls, and law enforcement seizures.
In Philadelphia, the NDEWS data measured admissions into the city’s publicly funded drug treatment programs and others mandated for monitoring. In 2015, 1,086 people were referred to drug treatment for marijuana, making up 22.6% of the total admissions in the city during that year. In 2019, the data identified only 213