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Nebraska is located in the Midwest region of the United States on the Great Plains. The state capital is Lincoln. Some of the large cities in the state are Omaha, Bellevue and Grand Island. The land that is now Nebraska was purchased during the Louisiana Purchase. Nebraska did not become part of the United States until 1867.

Some major attractions in the state are state parks, zoos, and trails to enjoy nature and animals. There are also museums for the arts and history, as well as amusement parks to enjoy. Nebraska was also the birthplace of Kool-Aid and has a historic part of town with the original Kool-Aid Man. Besides these attractions there is also the world’s largest time capsule that is located within the state.

According to the United States Census, there are over a million people living in the state. Out of this population approximately 90% have graduated from high school and over 25% of high school graduates have gone on to obtain Bachelor’s degrees or higher. Nebraska’s major ethnic groups are Caucasian Americans, African Americans and Hispanics. [Ref: https://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/31000.html]

The annual crime rate is 29 crimes committed per every 100,000 people. In the past year there were over 50,000 arrests made. Of these arrests there were well over 500 arrests made due to drugs or alcohol. The amount of drugs arrests and drug seizures has increased slightly over the past years, but it declining slightly at the moment.

The Drugs Abused & The Growing Problem

The White House Drug Policy reports that over 6% of residents report using an illicit drug in the past month. While it may be lower than the national average that is at 8% of the population it is still a serious problem. In addition to this, just over 2% of residents admit to using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month. This statistic is also lower than the national average, which is at 3%. The major drugs used in Nebraska are as follows:

  • Stimulants: This is the most abused drug across the state. This category of drugs can include prescriptions such as Ritalin, methamphetamine and many others. To be considered a stimulant it must increase bodily functions especially heart rate. There are nearly 900 residents that are admitted into treatment centers each year for these drugs.
  • Marijuana: This is the most widely used drug across the nation. It comes in second for Nebraska. While many people do not see marijuana as a drug, it can affect your life just as drastically as any other drug. Marijuana is sending nearly 850 residents to treatment centers every year.
  • Cocaine: While this can also be considered a stimulant, it is generally kept in its own category. Cocaine increases your heart rate as well and puts you at risk for a sudden heart attack. The drug is not as widely used as other drugs in the state. Cocaine is still sending over 300 residents to treatment every year.
  • Opiates & Heroin: The category of opiates can include, but is not limited to prescription pain killers, narcotics and opium. These drugs have the opposite effect of stimulants; they slow down your bodily functions and your heart rate. Opiates and heroin combined send over 350 residents into treatment centers.
  • Other/Unknown: This category is a vaguer one, but is gaining more and more momentum throughout the nation. The unknown drugs mostly include ones that are still legal and can be bought in convenience stores. There is now synthetic marijuana known as K2 or “Mr. Nice Guy,” which has the same effects of marijuana, yet it can be bought legally. There is also plant food and bath salts that are sold in stores, but adolescents take these items and use them to get high. The plant food and bath salts have similar effects of methamphetamine and amphetamines. Unknown drugs are sending nearly 200 people to treatment centers each year.

Due to the amount of drug use in the state, there are many deaths that are drug induced. The national average is 12 people per 100,000, while the states average is 5 people per 100,000. While the rate is much lower than the national average, these drug induced deaths still disrupt and tear apart families every day.

Nebraska Prevention & Rehab Options

The state has programs throughout the communities to prevent drug use from ever starting during adolescent ages. These programs educate teenagers and adolescents on the effects of drugs and the consequences of using them.  There are many state funded programs as well as federally funded ones that either educate or help take prescription pills out of medicine cabinets, so children do not take them from their parents to abuse.

Nebraska has a number of rehabilitation facilities to assist you in overcoming addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services, the state has over 100 facilities to help you. There are many different types of programs, so you will be sure to find one that suits your needs. To speak with a qualified counselor today call at 800-208-4701.

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