AllTreatment Articles http://www.alltreatment.com Recent articles from AllTreatment. en-us Copyright (C) 2016 alltreatment.com 2016 Drug Trends in Missouri http://www.alltreatment.com/missouri-2016-drug-trends Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:25:38 +0000 <p> Missouri is a beautiful state, full of rolling fields and a variety of other unique landscapes. Sadly, the state also has a history of drug problems, and is well known across the country for fighting off some of the worst that are out there. In 2015, there are two big drugs that have to be dealt with appropriately &ndash; Methamphetamine, or meth, and alcoholism. Both have been on the increase for years, and it&rsquo;s just going to get worse until legislation and citizens work together to get the problem back under control for future generations.</p> <h1> Methamphetamine</h1> <p> Missouri has, for a long time, been known as the state that deals with the most issues related to meth. Meth is a synthetic drug and, as a result, is incredibly dangerous and should not even be messed with. Making meth is incredibly hazardous and hundreds of people have died because of the process. On top of that, since meth is synthetic, there are a lot of concerns out there related to what could possibly be in it. Getting a bad batch is incredibly common, and a number of people die from meth overdoses every single year.</p> <p> Why is meth such an issue in Missouri? It&rsquo;s really very interesting to notice. Did you know that there were almost 20,000 meth lab incidents during the past decade in Missouri? That&rsquo;s over 10% of all of the <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2013/methamerica-movie-review/">meth incidents in the entire country</a>. On top of that, almost 15% of all of the meth arrests throughout the entire country have been located throughout Missouri.</p> <p> The problem is the biggest in the cities, and many of the labs are located in those rural areas right outside of the large cities. Like many of the states in this area of the country, the cities are surrounded by countryside, which makes it perfect for meth production all over the state. They can hide away and be away from everyone and do their business in peace.</p> <p> The problem has just continued to get worse as well. It&rsquo;s estimated that 2 students in every graduating class in Missouri have tried meth at some point during their career. This, thankfully, has made it so that high schools and middle schools have brought the issue to the forefront and have helped their students to determine the best course of action and learn about the dangers. This legislation and education is also being extended to businesses, and the state has, in general, started to crack down more on the meth problem in recent years.</p> <h1> Alcoholism</h1> <p> Another big issue that Missouri has to deal with is in the world of alcoholism. Alcohol is an issue all over the country, but this region of the United States definitely has to deal with it a lot more. Much of the problem is, sadly, concentrated in <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2011/drugs-alcohol-use-rising-for-teenagers/">youth alcohol usage</a>. More and more teenagers are being admitted into rehab centers because of how simple it has become for them to access the alcohol. Of course, many times, teenagers end up going into adulthood and still struggle with the affects of alcoholism and other issues that have been going on with their lives. It&rsquo;s a spiral that keeps going down.</p> <p> There is no &ldquo;typical&rdquo; alcoholic in the state of Missouri. They range through all ages and they also end up going through all socioeconomic boundaries. Even though there has been a huge effort to educate people on the dangers of alcohol abuse, only a bit of progress has been made in recent years. This progress will continue, as research advances and legislation continues to be explored, but it&rsquo;s definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. Access to alcohol rehab, thankfully, is easier than ever throughout the entire state of Missouri, and has attributed to at least stalemating the number of alcoholism cases that occur on a yearly basis.</p> <p> Although the state seems like a state that wouldn&rsquo;t be troubled by drugs, it truly is, and awareness needs to continue so that we are better able to deal with these sorts of issues in the future. Instead of ignoring some of the potential problems that can come from the use and distribution of substances, both illegal and legal, we need to work with states in order to ensure that people are getting the treatment that they need. If you are looking for help with an addiction or another similar issue, look at our list of <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/mo"> rehab centers in Missouri</a> in order to get in touch with a group and get the assistance that you need.</p> 2016 Drug Trends in Mississippi http://www.alltreatment.com/mississippi-2016-drug-trends Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:39:51 +0000 <p> The south is not typically a place that we associate with drug use, but it is important to recognize that, with its proximity to Mexico and Central America, it&rsquo;s fairly simple for many of these drugs to be transported to this area of the United States. In Mississippi, there are a wide variety of drugs that cause issues, including cocaine, marijuana, meth, and even prescription medications. Because of that, it&rsquo;s important we look at some of the <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/mississippi-drug-trends"> trends in Mississippi</a> that have been coming up because of these issues.</p> <h1> Marijuana</h1> <p> Marijuana is an interesting topic, mainly because there are a number of states that have not only legalized the use of medical marijuana, but they have also started to allow people to use marijuana in a recreational manner. Because of this, many people think that <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2015/effects-smoking-marijuana/">the effects of smoking pot</a> are negligible, when in fact, they are not. There are a lot of issues that can come up when someone is using pot way too often and without having a lot of concern over how and when they are using it.</p> <p> Even though marijuana is not as addictive as some other sorts of drugs, it can still cause problems. There is some research out there that suggests that it is a gateway drug, and can lead people to look for bigger highs from mushrooms and other hallucinogenic drugs. Obviously, driving under the influence of marijuana is going to put you in a bad spot as well, because you&rsquo;re going to have a hard time making decisions and your reflexes are pretty much shot at that point.</p> <p> Why is pot suck an issue in Mississippi, however? Mainly, because it&rsquo;s pretty much the exact climate that is needed to grow marijuana without a lot of issues. Put that together with the fact that there are a lot of rural areas within the state, and that people are always looking for something new that they can utilize in order to get their next high, and it&rsquo;s no wonder that pot has become such a huge problem throughout the south. It&rsquo;s something that definitely needs to be addressed, and legislation is coming forward to at least start the process of doing so.</p> <h1> Methamphetamine</h1> <p> Meth is, perhaps, the largest substance abuse issue that is being dealt with throughout the entire state of Mississippi. They are believed to have more meth labs in the state than any other state in the south, and possibly in the country (the estimates fluctuate all over the place). Meth is a synthetic drug, so it&rsquo;s definitely something dangerous about utilizing these drugs on a regular basis &ndash; sometimes, you can get a bad batch, and in the worst cases, you can overdose on the meth and die from the effects of it. Meth is a really fast problem and it continues to keep growing throughout the state of Mississippi.</p> <p> The interesting thing is how fast it started to spread around the state. There were a couple labs and a handful of users in scattered parts of the state in the early 2000&rsquo;s, but as 2015 came around, those numbers have all but exploded. Drug treatment centers in Mississippi have seen more meth patients than they have ever seen before, and this has caused treatment costs to rise to almost unreasonable levels in the past few years. On top of that, meth labs are incredibly dangerous, and if they are located in rural areas, they can have a negative effect on the businesses and environment around the lab. So not only is it a terrible drug that does horrible things to the body, it is also a drug that causes economic damages to the people and businesses who are affected by the labs and/or the people who are using the meth on a regular basis. It&rsquo;s a domino effect, and legislation is in the works to try and stop the entire line of dominos from tumbling down because of the explosion of meth use in the past decade.</p> <p> There are so many different things that we have to be concerned about when we look at the drug issues in Mississippi. Because these issues are not unique to the state of Mississippi, the state has to be part of a larger solution that is being brought forward by the entire country. <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2015/the-blame-game-doesnt-fix-addiction/">Drug issues can cause a lot of strife</a>, and so dealing with them early on can help to ensure that our country isn&rsquo;t going to fall under the influence of these issues anymore.</p> 2015 Drug Trends in Minnesota http://www.alltreatment.com/minnesota-2015-drug-trends Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:42:23 +0000 <p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Minnesota, the great white north. Some people even jokingly call it &ldquo;south Canada.&rdquo; Either way, this cold landscape is known for being beautiful and for having quite a bit of cabin fever during the winter months. Sadly, there are a number of different issues that are related to drugs in the state of Minnesota as well. Here&rsquo;s a look at some of the </span><a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/minnesota-drug-trends" style="font-size: 12px;">biggest drug problems in Minnesota</a><span style="font-size: 12px;"> as of 2015.</span></p> <h1> Prescription Drug Abuse</h1> <p> As you can see from many of these articles, prescription drug abuse is a huge problem throughout the United States, and Minnesota is actually known for being one of the states that has the biggest problems with it. It&rsquo;s not the top state (another state holds that), but it&rsquo;s definitely toward the top. With the high number of older adults, plus the number of pain related diagnoses that happen throughout the state on a regular basis, it&rsquo;s not surprising that Minnesota has problems with prescription drug abuse.</p> <p> Opiate medications are the ones that are most often to blame (Vicodin, etc.), but that doesn&rsquo;t mean those are the only drugs that are abused. Adderall abuse (and the abuse of other ADHD medications) is incredibly common among college students throughout Minnesota as well, which means that there is yet another issue that has to be dealt with appropriately. Even though these issues are definitely not unique to Minnesota, they are able to be dealt with if there is effort behind it, and on top of that, there are other considerations that can be made when it comes to rehab.</p> <p> State legislation in the past year has started to crack down on prescription drug abuse, and has made it easier for doctors to be able to communicate with their patients about the issues related to prescription drug abuse. Training has been made mandatory so that doctors can determine the signs of prescription drug abuse in their patients. Like in some other states, EMT&rsquo;s and other medical professionals also have the necessary drugs in their vehicles to help prevent death as a result of an overdose. On top of that, more doctors in the state are prescribing <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2013/opioid-painkiller-abuse-prevention/">medications that are not as addictive</a> as some of the other opiates that are out on the market today.</p> <p> As with any type of addiction, education plays a huge role in helping to prevent further issues from happening in the future. By educating Minnesota state residents about the dangers and risks of prescription medication addiction, we have the ability to assist a number of people before addiction even becomes any sort of issue that they may have to deal with.</p> <h1> Heroin</h1> <p> It may sound strange, but heroin is also a very large problem in Minnesota. Over the last decade, use of heroin has increased steadily, and in the past 3 years, they have been at the highest levels that they have ever been at. Emergency rooms have seen about 15 percent of their patients because of overdoses on heroin and other opiates (including the prescription medications that we discussed above). There are approximately 50 deaths per year because of heroin abuse, and that number continues to get worse on a yearly basis. It is the worst that it has ever been in the history of the state.</p> <p> Minnesota has been working hard to try and make help for heroin addiction (and other sorts of substance abuse) more accessible than it ever has been before. By making sure that people are able to get the help that they need without as much risk as they may have taken in other situations, Minnesota legislators have set up people in the state so that they can get the help they need without destroying their lives or putting them on hold. Further legislation is being suggested at this time, but it all seems to be in the name of progress.</p> <p> Minnesota has been working hard to try and determine the best way to go forward with all of the treatment that is related to drug abuse in the state. There are plenty of options for people who are looking for help and <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/mn">rehab in Minnesota</a>, and you do not need to be ashamed about the potential work that you will have to do in order to achieve your goals. The drug problem does not need to continue to get worse &ndash; help is available, and if you seek it out, it&rsquo;s going to be nothing but beneficial for you and your life in the long run.</p> 2016 Drug Trends in Michigan http://www.alltreatment.com/michigan-2016-drug-trends Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:34:26 +0000 <p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">When many people think of Michigan, they usually consider their college football team, and whether or not they support Michigan State or Ohio State. But, sadly, </span><a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/michigan-drug-trends" style="font-size: 12px;"> Michigan also has a fair number of drug abuse issues</a><span style="font-size: 12px;"> that they have to cope with on a regular basis. They are known for being a state that a number of people who struggle with substance abuse, and prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse are among the highest contenders when it comes to these issues. Let&rsquo;s take a look at how these two types of drugs affect Michigan residents.</span></p> <h1> Heroin</h1> <p> Heroin is a huge problem in a number of different states, but Michigan has one of the highest heroin abuse rates in the country. Combine that with an abnormally high intake rate (in 2014, there were over 14,000 admissions to rehab programs), and you know that you&rsquo;ve got a huge public health issue that is going on. The number of overdose deaths has also risen greatly, and is expected to be over 1000 by the year 2020, which lets you know exactly how much of an issue it has become throughout the state of Michigan. Because of the increase in use, there are also a number of different health issues related to the use as well, including kidney disease, breathing issues, HIV, and Hep C cases.</p> <p> Michigan has been working on a lot of legislation related to the prevention of heroin overdose deaths, including the ability to prescribe Narcan (an opioid antagonist) and other related drugs to people who are close to a drug addict that is in recovery. That way, they would be able to administer the medication to the person in question if they have overdosed. This could end up saving a number of lives, and it could really end up being beneficial for everyone that is involved in the process of recovery. This, plus other proposed legislation, could make a large difference in the life of those dealing with addiction and the family members and friends who are helping them through the process of recovery.</p> <h1> Prescription Drug Abuse</h1> <p> Michigan is one of the states with the highest prescription drug abuse rates in the entire country, and they have been up there for a number of years. Oxycontin is actually the drug that is abused the most often; some people will just take it in its pill form, others will snort it like they would other sorts of drugs. Detroit is one of the most common places where you can find Oxycontin, and any of the rest of the various opiates and other prescription drugs that are getting overused and abused on a yearly basis.</p> <p> Why is this the case? There are a number of reasons that have been cited in all of the research that Michigan universities are doing. The main reason, however, is linked back to dentists and oral surgeons. It may seem odd, but these professionals really don&rsquo;t consider how much of these drugs that they are giving to their patients after they have had a surgical procedure completed. Where most doctors would only give their patients 5 or so of the medications, dentists and oral surgeons may give up to 20 of the pills, and people do not need that many to get through their pain. Usually, the first day or two after surgery requires someone to have high pain killers, but then they can use standard over the counter medication.</p> <p> So, where do those extra painkillers go? They end up on the streets and getting sold. You can get $80 or more for one pill, so it&rsquo;s no surprise that people will go and sell their extras out on the streets. Obviously, this isn&rsquo;t the only reason that these drugs are getting out &ndash; there have always been ways for people to get prescription drugs that they can sell illegally and on the streets. It&rsquo;s just that this is the most prominent.</p> <p> Even though Michigan is known for struggling with these various sorts of drugs, there are a lot of different things that can be done in order to help with the problem. With legislation and <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/mi/access-to-recovery"> an increase in the number of resources</a> that are out there for people to seek out in the state of Michigan. With persistence and some assistance, you too can get the help that you need to break out of the constant pattern of addiction. Take a look at the resources available <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/mi">here on the website</a> to learn more.</p> 2015 Drug Trends in Massachusetts http://www.alltreatment.com/massachusetts-2015-drug-trends Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:00:04 +0000 <p> <span style="font-size: 12px;">Massachusetts is one of those states that people associate with liberal, Democratic values. They have a lot of work that they do in a lot of arenas, and they are a state that often is in the forefront when it comes to progress. Because of that, it&rsquo;s important that we look to the great state of Massachusetts in order to determine how they are dealing with some of the biggest issues with substance abuse in the country. The main drugs of choice are heroin and other opiates, and we&rsquo;re going to see how they&rsquo;ve played a role in affecting the state and its residents in 2015.</span></p> <h1> Opiates</h1> <p> General <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2012/opiate-abuse-and-pregnancy/">opiate abuse</a> is a huge problem in Massachusetts for a number of residents. In many cases, it has been declared an epidemic in the state, with a number of deaths and other overdose cases coming up every single year. The governor and other state officials have stepped up their fight against the drugs that are considered to be opiates, and have also been doing everything that they can in order to expand the awareness that is necessary for people to understand and get the help that they need when it comes to rehab and other similar solutions.</p> <p> Obviously, rehab is being extended and doctors have been put on high alert as to how they need to treat persons who may be having a problem with opiate abuse. Since a number of prescription medications fall into the opiate category, doctors have to be aware of what their patients are taking. They are also being trained as to how they can help their patients by talking to them about the problems that can come as a result of the opiate abuse. EMT&rsquo;s and other first alert professionals are also carrying a number of drugs with them that can help to prevent overdose deaths; if these drugs are administered at the first sign that someone may have overdosed on one of these drugs, it could end up saving a number of lives.</p> <p> Opiate addiction is incredibly dangerous, which is why legislators have been working to try and help people to get access to help. If you&rsquo;re in Massachusetts and you need assistance with opiates or other prescription drug medication abuse, <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/ma">you can use our website</a> in order to get in contact with the right channels so that you can get the help that you need, as soon as you possibly can.</p> <h1> Heroin</h1> <p> <a= href=" http://www.alltreatment.com/ma/heroin-addiction ">Heroin is another drug that has been abused throughout the state of Massachusetts. Heroin has always been a big problem, and therefore, it&rsquo;s important that we explore this issue too. Estimates say that the number of hospitalizations for heroin overdoses is up to four times as much as the rest of the country. That&rsquo;s a huge problem.</a=></p> <p> Obviously, heroin is an opioid as well, but because it has its own set of problems and statistics in Massachusetts, we felt it was important to explore it on its own. Heroin, like all opiates, have a high chance of addiction, and overdose is incredibly common. Heroin is deadly; if you get to a point where you need a whole lot of it in order to get a high, the chance of dying goes up a lot. This is why, like the rest of opiates, the heroin abuse problem in this state has been explored more than anything else.</p> <p> Why is heroin such an issue? This is common for more northern states, where it&rsquo;s easier to produce it in a rural area, and because other drugs (pot, etc) may not be as easily accessible due to the cold. Throw in the fact that there are a number of different cities throughout this region of the United States (other than Boston, of course), and you&rsquo;ve got the perfect storm for heroin addiction. It&rsquo;s a scary epidemic, but as time goes on and legislation goes through, it is going to continue to slow down in the future.</p> <p> So, as you can see, both of these issues are incredibly important to explore, and it&rsquo;s vital that we understand the best way to move forward when it comes to fighting off abuse and other similar substance abuse issues in the future. If you live in Massachusetts, and you are looking for help, use our contact page in order to get in touch with a counselor or a rehab center that can give you the resources that you need to fend off the addiction you may be struggling with.</p> 2015 Drug Trends in Maryland http://www.alltreatment.com/maryland-2015-drug-trends Wed, 23 Dec 2015 18:23:34 +0000 <h1> Drug Problems in Maryland</h1> <p> Maryland is breaking the pattern of most states by continuing to see a decrease in drug abuse and drug related deaths. The state has been proactive in both working with law enforcement agencies to disrupt supply routes, but have placed a greater emphasis on public education and the availability of treatment programs. As of 2013, Maryland ranked 32nd out of all the states with a high score of 6 out of 10 on the drug scale report card. There are some small areas of rising concern, but all indicators point towards Maryland adjusting their approach to handle the one area of growing concern in the state.</p> <h2> What illegal drug is growing in use?</h2> <p> While the rates for use of hard and soft drugs from heroin to marijuana have been falling, the rate of prescription drug abuse has been rising. This is of great concern because the abuse rate is rising evenly among all age groups and genders, with a slightly higher rate for seniors and pre-teens. Not all illegal prescription drugs are obtained by street purchase. There is a growing trend of pre-teens sharing pills they have obtained at home. What is of even greater concern is that the types of prescription drugs being shared are leaving the usual arena of narcotic prescriptions and entering the realm of some very dangerous medications including those used to treat ADHD/ADD, seizures and HIV/AIDs. The last is also a significant indicator of the increase of sexual activity in those under the age of 18. Many teens and pre-teens believe the myth that by taking HIV/AIDs drugs that they are then protected from all STDs.</p> <h2> What is noticeably absent?</h2> <p> While the illegal use of prescription drugs is rising, and the use of soft and hard drugs is falling &ndash; one area of interest to point out is how alcohol abuse is neither declining nor increasing. It is remaining a steady presence in all age groups, with an expected uptick in the mid-youth ages. This is partly due to an intensive educational campaign in the state about alcoholism treatment, and the dangers of <a href="http://alltreatment.com/alcohol-addiction/">alcohol addiction</a>. There has also been a much stricter policy about legal drinking age enforcement too.</p> <h2> Two factors that have made a difference</h2> <p> Maryland stands out among other states for the presence of its prescription control programs. They currently have over 49 programs in place. Given the rising prevalence in illegal prescription drug use, but not a prevalence that comes near other state rates; these programs appear to be working. What is harder is to expand public awareness of the dangerous of inappropriate or illegal prescription drug use. Maryland has a strong focus on educational programs, as has been evidenced in the decline of experimentation rates among their young with hard or soft drugs.</p> <h2> The choice to focus on understanding addiction over criminalization</h2> <p> Maryland is also notable for its limited use of DEA mobile unit collaborations. The majority of their funding has focused on intervention and treatment programs, seeking an understanding as to <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2014/why-do-people-use-drugs/"> why people use drugs.</a>. They have also initiated several economic and educational programs aimed at combating the core roots of addiction; which is often escape from financial stress. The public and private treatment programs in the state are considered to be leading models for effective recovery treatment as well.</p> <h2> What remains to be done?</h2> <p> While Maryland has one of the best showings of all the states in reducing and controlling drug abuse, the rising trend of prescription drug abuse presents a new issue. Prescription drugs are often perceived as safer than illegal drugs. Many people who abuse them or distribute them do not recognize the harm they represent when taken without medical necessity, or when taken beyond the prescribed dosage. The recent changes in insurance statewide has also led to some fear about the security of prescriptions for many. The real concern is what a growing trend of prescription drug abuse could imply for the state.</p> <h2> Heroin is a real potential threat</h2> <p> Rates of increasing prescription drug abuse often precede a rise in the trafficking and use of heroin. The high associated with heroin is considered to be similar enough to that found in the abuse of many prescription drugs that when addicts cannot afford their drug of choice, they may turn to heroin. One problem that remains to be addressed is the radical difference in the approach to education and treatment of <a href="http://alltreatment.com/heroin-addiction/">heroin addiction</a> over prescription drug abuse. Maryland has shown itself to be uniquely suited to using effective programs and they are watched closely to see if their approach would serve as a good model for other states to adopt.</p>