Nevada has a special reputation in the eyes of Americans and visitors from around the world. While slogans like “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” focus on just its major city, the truth is that unsavory practices like gambling and legal prostitution are present throughout the state. While it’s Las Vegas that has the name “Sin City,” it could actually apply to the entire state.
These practices don’t exist in a vacuum, either. Where there’s gambling, prostitution and crime, you’re going to find another plague of modern society – drugs. Nevada currently has a major drug problem, as 9 percent of all residents report using drugs on a monthly basis. That’s higher than the national average of 8 percent of Americans across the entire country.
It’s not just adults that are using these drugs, either. Nevada is one of the top ten states for past-month drug use among those that are 12 years old and older, and it’s also one of the top ten states for abusing painkillers for those that are 12 or older. This shows that Nevada has a serious problem with keeping children and teenagers off of these dangerous drugs.
One more alarming statistic is that far more Nevada residents die as a result of their drug use than from either car accidents or firearms. A staggering 20.1 people out of every 100,000 die as a direct result of drug use, compared to the national average of 12.7 per 100,000. That means that you’re almost twice as likely to die from using drugs in Nevada as you are in the rest of the country.
While some of the most serious drug problems in Nevada are due to “street” drugs like methamphetamine, the number one concern right now is actually the spread of prescription opiate painkillers being abused to get high. Drugs like Oxycontin and Percocet are chemically similar to heroin, and they are prescribed by doctors to help patients with chronic pain to find some relief.
These pills are very easy to abuse, however. Patients can crush them up and snort them, or they can mix the drugs with water and inject them intravenously. Both of these methods create a powerful high that was not intended by drug makers.
Some relief may be coming in the near future, however, as Nevada lawmakers have passed a law making it harder for doctors to prescribe these drugs. Hopefully this will lead to the number of new painkiller addicts being reduced.
If we want to see addicts start to get real help for the drug abuse that is spreading so quickly throughout the state, they need to get help on a one-on-one basis. If you know someone that is abusing drugs, you are probably overwhelmed trying to figure out what to do to help them. Solution to Addiction is here to help. Call 1-800-343-0892 and a specialist will help you decide what method of rehabilitation will be right for the person you care about. Don’t wait! Call today and start your loved one on the path back to sobriety.