Cheyenne is the capital and by far the most populous city of the U.S. state of Wyoming. The city is also the county seat of Laramie County. The city of Cheyenne is the principal city of the Cheyenne, Wyoming, Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Laramie County. The population of this city was 59,466 at the 2010 census done by the United States Census Bureau. Cheyenne is the northern terminus of the extensive and very fast-growing Front Range Urban Corridor that stretches from Cheyenne to Pueblo, Colorado.
Cheyenne is conveniently situated on Crow Creek and Dry Creek. The Cheyenne, Wyoming Metropolitan Area had a 2010 population of 91,738, making it the 354th most populous metropolitan area in all of the United States.
Government is the largest sector of Cheyenne's economy, as the city is the state’s capital. The state of Wyoming operates a multitude of offices in downtown Cheyenne, as well as in other districts of the city. Many area residents are employed by or are dependent on the U.S. Air Force, through F.E. Warren Air Force Base to the west of the city, or by the Wyoming National Guard. Railroads also remain a major economic force of employment for the city’s residents, with both the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific employing many residents.
Cheyenne is leading the way in renewable energy for the Western United States. Due much in part to work done by Cheyenne's economic development agency "Cheyenne Leads," successful steps have been taken in recent years to diversify the city's economy. Because of the towns cooler summers and abundant electricity supplies (both renewable and non-renewable alike), Cheyenne has been able to attract a number of data centers including the NCAR supercomputing center, along with a Microsoft data center, powered by bio gas and Green House Data's data centers powered by wind energy.
Cheyenne: A Capital City with a Capital Drug Addiction Problem
Drug addiction has made a name for itself in Cheyenne, as wherever new growth, population booms, and increases in economic prosperity go, so do follow drug addiction and substance abuse follow. Without a doubt, crystal meth, marijuana, and cocaine have made names for themselves in Cheyenne in recent years, and alcohol abuse and addiction has also become an issue. Finally, in just the last couple years alone, heroin abuse and addiction has begun to make serious inroads into Cheyenne and into the state as a whole.
This is very unfortunate, as unlike other states in the Union, Wyoming and the city of Cheyenne both are not very used to dealing with excessive addiction and substance abuse. Just as unfortunately, if something is not done soon, it is feared that this problem will soar out of hand and into a full on epidemic.
Facts and Statistics Showcasing Increases in Drug Abuse in Wyoming and Cheyenne
Whenever a certain geographical area begins to experience a rise in drug addiction and abuse, the governments first response is to learn as much as is possible about the issue so that solutions and preventable measures and means can be arrived at and employed successfully. In response to the surges in drug abuse and addiction in Cheyenne and all across the state of Wyoming, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, (NSDUH), the National Institute on Drug Abuse, (NIDA), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, (SAMHSA), all worked together to try and figure out exactly how to combat this issue and problem effectively.
Listed below are just a few of the findings and results of their various research projectors and surveys, so as to provide the reader with context:
• Fatal prescription drug overdoses have sadly more than tripled in Wyoming since 1999.
• The rate of drug-induced deaths in the state of Wyoming is unfortunately higher than the national average.
• Marijuana is by far the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Wyoming, but meth and opiate prescription drugs follow close behind in terms of popularity.
• As a direct consequence of drug use, 68 persons died in Wyoming in the year 2007.
• The number of residents of Wyoming who died of drug overdoses in 2007, a saddening sixty-eight, is compared to the number of persons in Wyoming who died from motor vehicle accidents, (134), and firearms, (76), in the same year.
Treatment and Rehabilitation Seen as the Solution to Drug Addiction in Cheyenne
Though it may look hopeless for those addicted in Cheyenne, there does exist solutions for those who are even very heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol in this city, and all across the state for that matter. This solution lies in of course a full route and course through an inpatient, residential drug and alcohol addiction and treatment center and program. Only inpatient rehab centers have the types of detoxifications services that addicted residents of Cheyenne will need to beat physical addiction dependence.
One cannot come down off of drugs on one’s one without risking his or her life, and this is where inpatient help is needed. Also, only inpatient centers have the counseling and therapy tools needed to effectively battle and win against all of the mental and psychological constructions that come about as a result of drug abuse. So, even if one were to beat addiction on one’s own, odds are that he or she would relapse in the end anyway because he or she never addressed and eradicated the psychological aspects of drug addiction. Thanks to impatient rehabs however, addicted residents of Cheyenne actually stand a chance at beating their addictions once and for all.