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An Overview of Addiction in Iowa

Though Iowa leads the nation with one of the lowest rates of overall usage of illegal drugs it still faces some drug issues that merit attention. Alcohol remains the most abused yet denied substance abuse problem while Marijuana and stimulants like methamphetamine are the most abused illicit drugs. One in five adult Iowans is classified as a binge drinker and underage drinking persists as a stubborn problem, remaining one category where prevalence in Iowa exceeds the national average. Another dangerous form of substance abuse by Iowans involves prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Easy to obtain, prescription drug abuse is getting increasingly common in Iowa communities, specifically with teenagers.

Key Substance Abuse Issues in Iowa

  • Alcohol consumption has steadily increased 52 percent over the past ten years, reaching its current high of 4.95 million gallons in 2013. According to the Alcoholic Beverages Division, that means the average Iowan consumes a total of 2.27 gallons of distilled spirits in one year in addition to 2.03 gallons of wine and 33.56 gallons of beer.
  • More arrests are made in Iowa for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) than for any other single criminal offense. The OWI arrest rate had remained consistently high for over 15 years but has declined the past three years.
  • Of the positive drug tests reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health over the past 7 years, nearly 60 percent were positive for marijuana.
  • The proportion of Iowa juveniles entering substance treatment primarily due to marijuana use has reached its highest point in 20 years—69.3 percent.
  • The 64,000 grams of meth seized by Iowa law enforcement in 2014 is the largest volume in nine years.
  • Meth-related prison admissions in 2013 totaled 475, making up over half of all Iowa drug-related prison admissions.
  • Professionals who treat substance use disorders increasingly report Iowans who begin taking pain pills for legitimate health problems become addicted to the medication over time and eventually switch to heroin when they can no longer afford the medicine.
  • In the first two months of 2015, police reported 30 heroin overdoses, averaging about one every other day.

 

Finding Addiction Help in Iowa

You don’t have to become a victim of Iowa’s drug crisis. If you or someone you love has become dependent on drugs or alcohol, call recoveryas.com today at 1 (877) 968-6283 to learn how you can become a survivor of your addiction. One of our caring addiction specialists will pair you with the best drug rehab for your situation so that you can recover your clean and sober life.

If your insurance coverage is with one of the following companies, recoveryas.com can help you find the help you need. We can work with any PPO coverage and also offer affordable self-pay and financing options for your addiction treatment.

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