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What is the Drug Situation in South Dakota?

The fact that the rate of drug-induced deaths in South Dakota is below the national average doesn’t diminish that they, like most of the U.S., are up against a terrible battle with drugs. Though it remains an illegal substance, marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admission in the Mount Rushmore state, followed by stimulants (methamphetamines), and opiates (heroin and prescription drugs).

South Dakota has implemented a novel approach to dealing with drunk and drugged driving, through its “24/7 Sobriety” program. The program reflects a commitment to working with chronic DWI offenders into changing their behavior and prevention of additional DWI arrests using swift, certain, and moderate sanctions.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in South Dakota

  • South Dakota has the second lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, with 6.3 per 100,000 people suffering drug overdose fatalities
  • In contrast, the number of drug overdose deaths – a majority of which are from prescription drugs – have doubled in 29 states since 1999, quadrupled in four of these states and tripled in 10 more.
  • South Dakota has an active PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) as well as a Doctor Shopping Law that prohibits patients from withholding information about prior prescriptions from their health care provider.
  • Misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers alone cost the country an estimated $53.4 billion a year in lost productivity, medical costs and criminal justice costs.
  • In 2011, 59 percent of drug treatment admissions in South Dakota were for marijuana, and 21 percent were for stimulants (including methamphetamine).
  • South Dakota currently has a “zero tolerance” Per Se standard for persons under the age of 21, making it a Class 2 misdemeanor to “drive, operate, or be in actual physical control of any motor vehicle… after having consumed marijuana or any controlled substance for as long as physical evidence of the consumption remains present in the person’s body.”
  • Drug Free Communities (DFC) are put in place in communities to prevent youth drug use by creating data-driven strategies to reduce drug use in the community. South Dakota has two DFC’s currently, in Roberts County and Lawrence County.

Finding Drug or Alcohol Treatment in South Dakota

If you or a loved one is ready to conquer an addiction to drugs or alcohol, recovery is possible. Whether you live in South Dakota  or elsewhere, recoveryas.com can give you or your loved one the resources necessary to make a turnaround into lifelong sobriety. Call 1 (877) 968-6283 and we will locate a facility offering the recovery treatments you need, all at no charge to you. With the right chemical addiction treatment, thousands of people are finding lasting freedom from their drug or alcohol dependency.

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.