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What Are Some of the Most Commonly Used Illicit Drugs in South Dakota?

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

The residents of South Dakota do have access to all types of drugs in the state. Drug and alcohol addictions cause any manner of the problem among families, friends, spouses, and children. Too many addicts in the state do not get the treatment for their addiction. There are a number of reasons why an addict does not go to treatment. Typically, this is because they are unwilling to attend a program, and intervention often has to be done to help them. Throughout the state of South Dakota are many commonly abused drugs creating devastating addictions. Alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs in the state and abused by residents in all age groups.

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Heroin abuse in the state has contributed to the opioid epidemic because much of the heroin being abused is laced with non-pharmaceutical grade fentanyl. Prescription opioids in the state have not contributed to the number of overdose deaths as seen in other states. In 2017, South Dakota prescribers wrote 49 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons, and the national average at that time was 58.7 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons. However, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in the state increased significantly from 2013 to 2017. In 2013 there were 6.9 deaths person 100,000 population, and it went up to 8.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2017. Most of the drug overdose deaths in 2017 were because of opioids, such as fentanyl.

Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs in the state and marijuana is illegal in the state. Both recreational and medical marijuana is illegal in the state, and there are strict marijuana laws. Marijuana is often always part of larger drug addiction problems and is cited as being the drug choice for most treatment admissions into local programs. If you are struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction in South Dakota, there are treatment programs to help you. Inpatient and outpatient drug rehab centers can provide patients the treatment they need. Whether this is detox, inpatient programs, or outpatient centers, it is essential that an addict finds help.


Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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