Nevada is located in the Western part of the United States. The capital of the state is Carson City, although, the state is very well known for the famous city Las Vegas. Nevada did not become a state until 1864. The reason for it being admitted as a state was because it had a surplus of gold and silver, which helped to fund the Civil War.
The big cities in the state are Las Vegas, Henderson and Reno. There are many attractions within the state for you to go and visit while you are there. A section of the Rocky Mountains are located in the state; the well-known ski town in the state is Lake Tahoe. These mountains bring a number of people out to ski the slopes during the winter and enjoy campfires.
The state also has other attractions as well. There is the Adventuredome at Circus Circus, which is a theme park located in Las Vegas. There is also the Chinese Workers‘ Museum of American in Carson City, which portrays the Asian culture that settled the land and how they overcame the challenges they are faced. There is also the Buccaneer Bay Sea Battle, which you can go and watch the entire reenactment of while you are in the state. The list of attractions could go on and on including Caesar’s Magical Empire, Cowboy Trail Rides or art galleries. [Ref: www.nv.gov]
According to the United States Census, there are over 2 million residents that live in the state. Approximately 84% of the population has received a high school diploma and 21% of high school graduates went on to obtain Bachelor’s degrees or higher. The population has many ethnic groups living in the state. The major groups are Caucasian Americans and Hispanics, which make up over 90% of the population. Some other ethnicities in the state are African Americans, Asians and Native Americans.
The crime rate in Nevada is over 50 crimes committed per every 1,000 people. This statistic does not include drugs or DUI arrests. There were over 150,000 arrests made in the last year including juveniles. Of the drug arrests, over 14% of them were juveniles. There were approximately 3,000 arrests made for either drugs or driving under the influence in the past year. The drug arrests account for a decent portion of all crimes committed in the state.
The Primary Drug Abuse Issues In Nevada
The White House Drug Policy reports that the national average of illicit drug use in the past month is 8%, while 9% of Nevada’s residents admit to using an illicit drug in the past month. In addition to this, over 4% of residents admit to using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month. This rate is also above the national average, which is only 3%. Nevada is one of the top ten states in the nation for past month drug use of an illicit drug.
Some of the major drugs abused in the state are as follows:
- Stimulants: The main stimulant abused in the state is methamphetamine. Stimulants are the most abused drug in the state as well. These drugs increase heart rate and bodily functions. They are sending over 1,800 residents to treatment centers every year.
- Marijuana: This is the most widely used drug across the nation. The drug is the second most abused drug in the state. Most people do not see marijuana as a drug, but more of a relaxant or ‘chill’ drug. It is sending over 1,500 residents to receive treatment every year.
- Heroin and Other Opiates: Besides heroin, opiates can include prescription pain killers or other narcotics. These drugs slow down the body’s functions and decrease heart rate below average levels. Heroin and opiates send over 1,300 residents to seek help from a treatment center each year.
- Cocaine: This drug affects the body similarly to stimulants. Cocaine also speeds up your bodily functions and increases your chance of heart attack. While this drug is used less frequently than the other drugs listed above, it is still an issue within the state that needs to be handled. Cocaine is sending over 500 residents to seek for help at a treatment facility.
Substance Abuse Rehabilitation & Prevention Programs
The state has prevention programs in every county to ensure people know the effects and consequences of drugs. The agency that puts these programs together is called Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency (SAPTA). This agency puts coalitions together to infiltrate to communities and help reduce the amount of drug use in these communities.
Nevada also has rehabilitation centers across the state to service you. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services, there are over 60 treatment facilities that are fully operational and ready to assist you in overcoming your drug addiction. To find a facility that best suits your needs call a qualified counselor today at 800-208-4701.
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