North Dakota’s Drug and Alcohol Facts and Patterns
North Dakota is one of the least populated states in the country with only little more than 700,000 residents. Primarily rural, North Dakota still deals with the same substance abuse issues as every other state. One of the most startling trends is the nationwide increase in the number of deaths caused by opioid overdoses. This increase has been enabled by several factors including easy access to opioids, over-prescribing, “doctor-shopping,” and many prescription addicts moving to cheaper heroin as an alternative.
The opioid crisis has effectively gripped the nation, spurring agencies at local, state, and federal levels to enact new measures aimed at curbing illegal drug activity and providing a better standard of care to drug abusers seeking treatment. Unfortunately, the social stigma attached to addiction causes many to hesitate in seeking proper rehabilitative care. This is especially dangerous with opioids as addiction can quickly spiral out of control and destroy lives. Opioid addiction also entails some of the most severe (often life-threatening) withdrawal symptoms of any addictive substance.
Although North Dakota has not seen as significant of an increase in drug overdose deaths as in many other states, it’s still startling to see the increase in abuse over the last few years. North Dakota has a relatively small population, yet the number of drug overdose deaths increased a staggering 36.5% from 2014 to 2015 according to the CDC. North Dakota also reports alcohol abuse rates several percentage points higher than the national average on a consistent basis:
- 2010-2011: North Dakota 8.8%, U.S. 6.8%
- 2011-2012: North Dakota 8.7%, U.S. 6.6%
- 2012-2013: North Dakota 8.4%, U.S. 6.7%
- 2013-2014: North Dakota 7.8%, U.S. 6.5%
Between 1999 and 2010, opioid sales in the United States quadrupled. The amount of opioid-related deaths accordingly rose in a similar fashion, as did the admission rate for opioid abuse treatment programs. The recent boom in the North Dakota industry has also been labeled a cause of the upward spike in drug-related deaths. As commerce in the state increased, the employees coming in from out of state often fell into substance abuse in one form or another. While opioids continue to be the primary cause of drug overdose deaths, North Dakota also continues to struggle with a widespread methamphetamine problem.
North Dakota’s Issues with Substance Abuse
One of the worst parts about this epidemic of drug overdoses is that every death is preventable with the right level of treatment and proper technique. Due to North Dakota’s sparse population and expansive rural areas, finding a suitable treatment center within a reasonable distance is a serious challenge for many drug abusers in North Dakota. Additionally, the state’s seemingly low profile is attractive to drug traffickers who shuttle illegal drugs into and through the state on a regular basis.
There is a definitive link between drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues, and many North Dakota sufferers of drug abuse struggle to find a suitable treatment plan within the state. While there are numerous treatment options available, many who struggle with addiction in North Dakota and other states eventually travel to Florida, aptly named by medical professionals in the substance abuse sector as “The Recovery State.”
Florida’s History With Substance Abuse Treatment
Florida is home to several ports, most notably Miami. Illegal drugs from other countries can be easily hidden amongst the vast amount of goods that are imported to the United States every year. As law enforcement devises new tactics for cracking down and stopping such shipments from reaching citizens, drug traffickers concoct new methods for getting their products into the hands of pushers, fueling the drug problem in the country. For the past several decades, Florida’s ports have been the primary route for drugs entering the United States. Consequently, Florida is the de-facto first line of defense against drug trafficking in the country.
When new drugs enter the market, Florida law enforcement officers are usually the first to witness the effects. Several “designer” drugs have entered the market and resulted in panic and nationwide headlines. “Flakka,” spice, and bath salts have all had devastating effects on individuals in Florida. More “traditional” illicit drugs are also prevalent, and since Florida has been dealing with this issue for so long, the state boasts some of the best substance abuse treatment centers in the country and is home to many of the leading voices in the substance abuse sector of the healthcare industry. North Dakota drug abusers who are having trouble finding a suitable treatment center in the state will find far more high-quality options in Florida. The Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches, LLC is proud to be ranked among the elite.
The Treatment Center Difference
As the nation continues the fight against substance abuse, more attention has been allocated to the link between substance addiction and behavioral health. We believe that this link is important, and the treatment methods found at our Florida facility are not solely geared toward easing the physical stresses of drug addiction. We believe in taking a holistic approach to recovery and carefully assess every patient to create the optimal treatment plan. North Dakota addiction sufferers who have not found an acceptable or accessible standard of care in their own state should come to Florida and see what The Treatment Center can offer.
Our team is committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive substance addiction treatment engaging the latest scientifically proven methods and equipment. We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest possible standard of patient care and want to help every individual who comes to our facility seeking a new lease on life find what they are looking for in a healing environment. Drug addiction, even when not paired with serious mental health problems, can lead to isolation, depression, and death. When you have a reliable and experienced team of substance abuse professionals to guide you down the road to recovery, lifelong sobriety is within reach. Visit us to see how The Treatment Center can help you overcome your substance abuse.