9 States That Seriously Need Rehab for Substance Abuse

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Mar 7, 2016

9 States That Seriously Need Rehab for Substance Abuse

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America is currently facing a major drug epidemic and the need for rehab for substance abuse couldn’t be more dire. It’s the fastest growing threat to our nation and the bulk source of the drug problem can be specifically attributed to the rise of prescription painkillers and heroin. Here, we’ve put together a list of states that are having the most problems with heroin. In no particular order:

9 States That Need to Go to Rehab for Substance Abuse

9 States That Need to Go to Rehab for Substance Abuse


Many Pennsylvania residents came to their opiate addiction through abuse of prescription drugs like Oxycodone and then graduate to a cheaper and more widely available option: heroin. Across the region the number of drug-induced deaths has increased dramatically, with Fayette County taking the lead as the highest death rate in the country.



The opiate crisis has taken no prejudice and has affected everyone from the homeless to more affluent residents of Severna Park, Ellicott City, and Bethesda. Heroin abuse and deaths in Harford County continue at a rate greater than the county’s population ranking in the state at 6th place. Not surprisingly, Heroin is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions across the board in Maryland.


New York

New York City has long served as a distribution hub for the northeastern United States and will continue to do so. While the purity of heroin has been increasing the prices have been decreasing and since the drug accounts for more than half of overdoses across the state in 2014, heroin is currently the most pressing drug threat to New York.



Because of its geographic location and multifaceted transportation infrastructure, Chicago is a major hub for the distribution of illegal drugs throughout Illinois and the Midwest. Heroin continues to be the major opiate abused in the Chicago region, and many heroin-use indicators are increasing or maintaining levels that have been elevated since the mid -1990’s. In Chicago, the largest increase in heroin overdoses has occurred in the suburban areas surrounding the city.


West Virginia

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the nation and West Virginia has been especially hit hard. With the highest rate of unemployment out of all 50 states at 7.3 percent, the Mountain State also has the highest drug-induced death rate in the U.S.. Opiates, including prescription drugs, are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in the state.


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.


Prescription drugs and heroin are making headlines in Indiana consistently and they contribute to some of the state’s biggest drugs problems. Opana, a powerful prescription painkiller containing oxymorphone, became popular about five years ago when Oxycontin makers reformulated that drug to make it harder to abuse. Similar steps were taken by the makers of Opana, but people have continued to find ways to transform the potent drug into an injectable high. Once crushed and liquefied, Opana contains eight injections, making it optimal for sharing and is believed to be the cause of the HIV outbreak sweeping the state.



Substance abuse, particularly abuse of prescription drugs as well as heroin, is one of the most critical public health and safety issues facing Kentucky. Especially hit hard have been Northern Kentucky, Louisville and Lexington raising fears that a heroin scourge will soon encompass the entire Commonwealth. As it is in most states, a growing number of the young people who began abusing expensive prescription drugs are switching to heroin, which is cheaper and as easy to buy as alcohol.


New Hampshire

The alarming prevalence of heroin and opiate use in New Hampshire has caused a major public health crisis. Jails are jammed with no in-house rehabilitation, and state-funded beds for at treatment centers have wait lists of at least two months. The result is an increasing number of addicts who can’t get the opiate rehab treatment they need to recover, which leads to relapse and recidivism. Unintended consequences include overburdened police drug units and a staggering spike in death rates, 96 percent of them deemed “accidental.”

Is your state on this list? Maybe you know someone who lives in one of these places. Addiction is a disease that most everyone has a connection to and it’s about time we all started doing our part to help alleviate the problem. Share this post with your friends and family to spread awareness on the growing opioid epidemic.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the disease of addiction and would like to seek treatment in your state, the knowledgeable and compassionate addiction specialists at recoveryas.com can help connect you to the treatment you need. We will never charge you for our services, so call today at (877) 968-6283 if you need help finding a drug abuse treatment center.

Lindsey W

Lindsey W

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Lindsey Whittaker is a writer, blogger, and marketing content creator for multiple addiction treatment centers in Southern California. As an adult child of an alcoholic parent, her passion is to find new and exciting ways for people to connect in addiction recovery. Originally from Canada, she's lived in LA for four years where she has written for several online lifestyle publications and start-ups. On the weekends you can find her at the beach or working away on her latest DIY project.
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