Substance Use
Allegan County, Michigan

Limiting usage of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is a major public health concern. Drug poisoning deaths—driven in large part by the opioid crisis—are a top killer of Americans. Alcohol and tobacco use contribute to numerous health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Even when legally obtained, any substance can be dangerous to Allegan County residents when misused.

Alcohol and Tobacco

Data from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) tracks alcohol and tobacco usage in Michigan, broken down by age. 

2018, Overall

2018, Overall

Drug Overdose Deaths

Mortality data from CDC Wonder shows a rapidly worsening drug overdose crisis throughout the United States. Opioids, a group of drugs that includes prescription painkillers as well as heroin, are at the forefront of the crisis. 

Perceptions of Risk

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, asks respondents if they perceive using various substances as a "great risk." The estimated percentages of respondents in Michigan who view using these substances as great risks are shown below. 

Percent of population who perceive the following as a "great risk":

Trying Heroin Once or Twice

Smoking 1+ Cigarette Packs per Day

Binge Drinking 1-2 Times per Week

About the Data

• Binge drinking and smoking rate data is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Mortality data is from CDC Wonder. Drug overdose death data was queried based on the following parameters: Underlying cause of death, ICD-10 codes X40–X44, X60–X64, X85, Y10–Y14. Opioid data was queried from: Underlying cause of death, ICD-10 codes: F11.0, X40-X44, X60-X64, X85, Y10-Y14, and multiple cause of death, codes T40.0-T40.4, T40.6.

• Perceptions of risk data is from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The data is an estimate based on a two-year period.