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Is There a Growing Drug Epidemic Throughout the State of New York?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Wednesday, 30, September 2020

Throughout the nation is a serious opioid epidemic and nearly every state is struggling in some way because of it. Within the state of New York, drug overdoses and chronic drug abuse has increased by 71% between 2010 and 2015. In 2010 the rate of deaths because of drugs was 9.1 per 100,000 people. In 2015 this rate increased to 15.2 deaths for every 100,000 people. Within upstate New York and the suburban counties outside New York City, the problems became worse. Within New York City there was a 45% increase in the annual drug-related deaths. Across 17 different counties within the state, there was an 84% increase.

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Within some of the upstate and suburban areas, the drug-related deaths increased significantly. For example, within Erie county, the drug death rate increased by 256%, and in Onondaga County, it increased by 145%, and in Westchester County, it increased by 122% from 2010 to 2015. The men abusing drugs within the state of New York have a higher rate of death than women, in fact, the rate is two times more. The state of New York was 34th in the nation for drug-related deaths. Drug and alcohol abuse affects people from all across the state, and it is important to find the right type of treatment. Drug Rehab Services can help addicts and their families locate suitable drug rehab programs for their addiction.

An addiction assessment can often be an excellent way to determine what type of drug treatment will work best for your addiction. When searching for drug rehab programs in New York state you will want to find some with detox and inpatient treatment. Detox is the first step and will help you transition smoothly into a drug treatment program. The drug and alcohol problem within the state affects people of all age groups. Teen drug abuse, for example, must be treated right away otherwise it will quickly spiral out of control.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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