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An Overview of Addiction in Nevada

The abuse and misuse of prescription pain medications has become increasingly prevalent in Nevada. Nevada consistently has some of the highest rates of drug overdose mortality in the country and is the third-leading state for drug overdose mortality rates with prescription drugs being one of the most prominent causes.

Despite heroin’s rapid growth in Southern Nevada, the state has the highest rate of substance treatment admissions for stimulant abuse, especially meth. There were nearly 1900 treatment admissions for stimulant and methamphetamine abuse in Nevada with Las Vegas and Carson City claiming the highest concentration of users. Stimulants, including methamphetamine, are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in the state.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse Issues in Nevada

  • Nevada ranks first for oxycodone and hydrocodone distribution by a practitioner or pharmacy when compared to similarly populated states like Utah, Kansas and New Mexico.
  • Heroin is the Las Vegas Valley’s fastest-growing drug problem, propelling a disproportionate number of teens and young adults into a powerful addiction. Las Vegas is becoming a distribution hub with drugs heading from there to Denver and Chicago.
  • In Clark County, the number one cause of accidental deaths is overdose, not vehicle accidents.
  • More Nevadans abuse prescription drugs than their counterparts in other western states. A greater percentage of people 18 to 25 abuse prescription drugs than those in other age groups.
  • The 2013 Nevada Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 19.4 percent of high school respondents reported that they have taken prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription.
  • The first legal medical marijuana dispensary in Clark County opened on August 24, 2015, one of 40 dispensaries approved for Clark County the previous year by state health officials. It was the second dispensary in Nevada. The first, in Sparks, opened July 31.
  • Nevada is also slightly stricter about cause for DUI charges in relation to marijuana. While the rest of the west coast has a legal limit of 5 Nanograms/mL of blood, in Nevada it is 2 ng/ml.
  • In Nevada, about 201,000 individuals aged 12 or older (9.0% of all individuals in this age group) per year in 2009–2013 were dependent on or abused alcohol within the year prior to being surveyed.
  • In 2012, 304 youth aged 12 to 20 years were admitted for alcohol treatment in Nevada, accounting for 10 percent of all treatment admissions for alcohol abuse in the state.
  • In Nevada, about 54,000 people aged 12–20 (16.0% of all people in this age group) per year in 2009–2013* reported binge alcohol use within the month prior to being surveyed.

Finding addiction help in Nevada

If you or a loved one is in need of drug or alcohol addiction treatment in Nevada, the compassionate addiction specialists at recoveryas.com want to help you get your life back. If you are ready to regain your sobriety, call toll-free to 1 (877) 968-6283 and speak to a recoveryas.com addiction specialist and begin your journey to a drug-free life. We will never charge you a fee for our services.

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 addiction treatment.