West Virginia is a beautiful state located in the Northeastern part of the United States. It is bordered by Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. West Virginia is one of the smaller states in the US, at 9th smallest. It is nicknamed the Mountain state and is most known for the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains,
West Virginia is one of the smaller states and is not known for having much of a city life compared to places like Chicago or New York City. The largest city in West Virginia is Charleston. Charleston is also the capital. West Virginia is known for its wonderful farmland, lush mountains, and coal mining.
West Virginia is the 37th most populated state at only 1,855,364 people. It has a significant majority of white people versus other races. The percentage of white people was 93.9 percent, while black people account for only 3.4 percent of the population. People of Hispanic or Latin origin only accounted for 1.2 percent of the population.
The West Virginia Substance Abuse Information
Even though West Virginia is one of the less populated states, it has a pretty significant drug problem. According to the National Survey on Drug use and Health, West Virginia was one of the top ten states for drug use rates among people ages 18-25 in a few categories. In that age range they were in the top ten for past-year use of cocaine, illicit drug dependence, and past-month use of illicit drugs other than marijuana
There are some other statistics collected by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health about West Virginia that are worth noting. According to their most recent survey, 6.79 percent of residents in West Virginia said they had used illicit drugs in the past month. This was lower than the national average which was 8.02 percent. The survey also recorded that 3.78 percent of West Virginia residents used an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month. This is actually above the national average of 3.58 percent.
Deaths that are a direct consequence of drug use in West Virginia is a serious problem. 405 people died in West Virginia as a direct result of drug use. That number in relation to the population in West Virginia is quite high. Also, in comparison to those who died from motor vehicle accidents (429), and those who died from firearms (267) in West Virginia, the number is high. West Virginia drug-induced deaths averaged 22.4 per 100,000 people. This exceeds that national rate of 12.7 per 100,000 people by quite a bit
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Vital Statistics Reports Volume 58, Number 19 for 2007: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr58/nvsr58_19.pdf
West Virginia Treatment Facility Information
In the state of West Virginia, as well as many other states, they record information on people being admitted into West Virginia treatment facilities. In the admission process people are asked what the primary drug that they are getting help for. In 2009 the data revealed that opiates, which include prescription drugs, had the highest rate of primary drug use among admissions in the state. This was followed by marijuana, cocaine, and then heroin.
It is clear to see that West Virginia has a serious drug problem. Where there is drug problems there must be treatment options. Even though West Virginia is one the smaller states there are 79 West Virginia drug treatment facilities according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These treatment facilities are well equipped to handle any drug problems that one may have.
In order to find the right center one usually has to contact each facility. Many programs offer varying services including 12 step treatment, non 12 step, dual-diagnosis, and holistic. Determining what program is right for you and what your insurance covers as well as what type of out of pocket you are looking at can be challenging.
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