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Is Drug Addiction in Rural Nebraska a Problem?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Tuesday, 04, August 2020

Research that was done by the University of Nebraska had shown that access to illegal drugs is the same no matter where a person lives. The study examined Nebraskans' social access to illicit drugs or knowing someone to obtain drugs. It found that more than one-third of urban and rural residents could obtain marijuana through someone they knew. In fact, roughly 18% of Nebraskans surveyed reported access to prescription pills including opioids. Around 9% reported access to methamphetamine, and 5% knew where they could obtain heroin. Many people living in rural areas believe that urban centers are the only place where someone could get illegal drugs.

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Close to 35% of Nebraskans have access to marijuana, and people in the state live throughout urban and rural areas. The accessibility of illicit drugs in any state is never 100% known, but access to drugs in urban and rural areas has not changed. Some specific things were associated with obtaining drugs in urban or rural areas. For example, lower levels of education were connected to prescription pill access in urban areas. Regular religious service attendance reduced the odds of knowing a source to obtain marijuana by more than 55%. Regardless of where someone lives in the state, there is always a way to obtain illegal drugs. Drug and alcohol abuse does affect many people throughout the state, and it is important to find the right type of help.

When searching for drug and alcohol treatment programs in Nebraska, there are both state-funded and private centers to consider. Addicts can access inpatient and outpatient services, and the necessary detox for any type of drug or alcohol addiction. Drug rehabilitation is the only effective way to treat an addiction. If an addict does not get the help they need, their drug problem will only become worse. Regardless of the type of drugs you are abusing in Nebraska, there is a variety of treatment options to help.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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