The state of Nevada has gained quite a reputation for its vices and excesses. Nevada offers people from all walks of life an opportunity to throw their inhibitions out of the window and indulge in a culture of entertainment and gambling. Unfortunately, this has led to the growth of an illegal drugs market that is being exploited by drug trafficking organizations from all corners of the world.
The state boasts of a comprehensive inventory of nearly every illegal substance. Nevada acts as a breeding place for substance abuse and addiction. In addition to this, it also acts as the nerve center for the distribution of methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, among other drugs. Illegal drug problems such as marijuana gardens and methamphetamine labs have sprung up in other areas of the state, including the outside of the well-known hotspots like Reno and Las Vegas. This has led to a spike in the number of addicts and active users of these illegal drugs, as well as in the number of individuals battling alcoholism.
High Alcohol Dependence Rates
Alcoholism is a serious issue in Nevada and has a variety of consequences for both the alcoholics and for the people in the state. According to statistics from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the alcohol dependence rates in Nevada throughout the years have stayed within or above the national rate. This applies for all the age groups surveyed by this study. The study also reports that the number of Nevadans who require alcohol or drug treatment do not receive it within or above the national rate.
This group of individuals who battle alcoholism but do not get help is responsible for a myriad of problems. These include rising rates of drunk driving, sexual assaults, domestic violence, among other social problems. There are also several health related costs to alcoholism in this state. This is as a result of the increasing rates of heart problems, liver disease, cancers, as well as the rising number of injuries from accidents and violence related to alcohol use.
To put this into perspective, in 2009, 9,909 people were admitted to alcohol and drug rehabs in Nevada, with 66% of this number male and 34% female. About 9% of Nevadans reported past-month abuse of illegal drugs, while the national figure was 8 percent. In the period spanning 2007 to 2008, Nevada ranked among the top ten states in numerous drug abuse categories, including:
- Past year non-medical use of pain relievers among persons aged above 12 years
- Past year non-medical consumption of pain relievers among individuals aged 18 to 25 years
- Past month illicit drug abuse among individuals aged 12 years and over.
These figures also suggest that the number of alcohol and drug treatment facilities in Nevada remained constant at 77 facilities from 2002 to 2006.
As a direct consequence of the rampant drug and alcohol abuse in the state of Nevada, 515 people lost their lives in 2007. In comparison, 407 people lost their lives from motor vehicle accidents, while 414 people lost their lives from firearms. Drug induced deaths in Nevada stood at 20.1 per 100,000 people, which exceeded the national rate that stood at 12.7 per 100,000 people.
The Gambling Culture
Methamphetamine is regarded as the most dangerous illegal drug threat in the state. Seizures of this drug are increasing in amount and in some instances, reaching pound levels. Nevada is a state where fortunes can be struck or lost with a mere turn of a card or with the roll of a die. These ups and downs have led to heavy drinking among the Nevadan populace involved in gambling. The presence of numerous bars show that the population is more than willing to oblige.
Nevada provides a conducive environment for over indulgence in vices, and this inevitably leads to addiction. As a result, the residents of Nevada are in dire need of effective alcohol and drug treatment services. Deciding to quit your addiction is a big step towards the road to recovery. As such, addicts should receive the best care available.
Addiction Recovery Centers has recently obtained an exclusive license for the distribution rights of BioCorRx Inc.’s (BICX) Start Fresh Program in Nevada. Coming from a market leader in addiction treatment, as well as in recovery programs, the introduction of the Start Fresh Program in Nevada by Addiction Recovery Centers is good news to individuals and families battling with alcoholism and illegal drug addiction. This program is bound to have a positive impact on the affected individuals and families and is surely welcomed with open arms by the Nevada medical community.
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