Nevada ranks above the national average for residents who report using illegal drugs within the last month. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact us to learn about options for treatment within North Las Vegas.
Located in the Las Vegas Metropolitan area, North Las Vegas has a population of approximately 226,887. With its desert climate, winters tend to be mild, with snow occurring only once every few years. Consequently, summer temperatures can climb to well over 100°.
Fortunately, the weather does not stop the residents and visitors of North Las Vegas from enjoying the 34 parks maintained and operated by the City.
North Las Vegas Drug and Alcohol Addiction
With prescription drug abuse on the rise, summertime heat isn’t the only issue affecting the health and wellbeing of the residents and visitors of North Las Vegas. In fact, more people die in Nevada due to drug over doses than from car accidents or firearms. Specifically, in 2009, 555 individuals died from drug over doses, whereas 254 people died from motor vehicle accidents, and 406 people died from firearm related incidents.
With statistics like these, it may not be surprising that Nevada residents’ drug use rate is so high that it ranked in the top ten of all 50 states. Following a national trend, methamphetamine and other stimulants are a main drug of abuse. Popular drugs abused by Nevada residents include, but are not limited to:
- Cocaine/crack; and
With the abuse of prescription painkillers increasing across the country, Nevada and the federal government have reclassified drugs like Hydrocodone as Class II. According to the United States Controlled Substance Act, for a drug to be classified as Schedule II, it must meet the following criteria:
1. The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse;
2. The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions; and
3. Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
The rise in prescription drug abuse can be linked to increased prescribing by medical professionals, potentially as a result of advocacy groups demanding more aggressive pain management. In turn, pharmaceutical companies develop and market the pills across the country. As prescriptions become unavailable to the addict, they turn to illegal avenues, often resulting in high street value of prescription drugs and methamphetamines. As a result of the high value, many turn to cheaper alternatives, such as Heroin. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has even labeled the issue an epidemic.
Nevada also has a high rate of teenagers, ages 12-17, reporting illicit use of drugs other than marijuana within the prior month. Many teens may think that prescription pills are less dangerous, since a doctor prescribes them. However, taking medication other than how it is prescribed is extremely dangerous and illegal, often leading to crime and even death. As North Las Vegas attempts to defeat illegal drugs, drug related crime continues to be an issue. Such crimes include:
- Drugged driving;
- Pharmacy robberies; and
- Drug trafficking.
Indeed, a 2007 study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that one in 8 weekend, nighttime drivers were under the influence of illegal drugs. The implications of a crime, however, can lead to more than a prison sentence, not only can you lose your job and opportunity for an education, but family and friends are effected as well.
North Las Vegas Drug Treatment Centers Help Patients and the Community
In 1995, Nevada established the Controlled Substance Abuse Prevention Program to combat prescription drug abuse by monitoring the disbursement of controlled substances. Furthermore, Nevada’s Zero Tolerance policy holds that it is illegal for anyone to operate a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of a controlled substance (whether prescribed or illegal), if said individual is not capable of driving safely. Nevada also maintains a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program in Clark County. The task forces under the HIDTA program maintain the goal of fighting back against drug trafficking organizations.
Despite these provisions, however, drug abuse is still prevalent in the community. Many individuals and families continue to cope with the effects of drug abuse. North Las Vegas drug rehab centers are experienced in working with individuals who struggle with addiction. The qualified teams who maintain and operate the rehabilitation facilities offer a variety of options to help the substance abuser treat their addiction.
If you or a loved one is ready to make a positive change, please contact us to start living a healthy, happy, and drug-free life today.