An Overview of Addiction in Nebraska
The use and abuse of illegal substances presents a serious problem in Nebraska, just as it does throughout the rest of the U.S.. However, with the third lowest drug overdose mortality rate of all the states, statistics show that people are less likely to be addicted to drugs than residents of other states. Still, drug addiction remains a major issue for Nebraska citizens. In fact, certain drugs like methamphetamine and other stimulants are far more likely to be abused in the Midwest.
Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in Nebraska
- Statewide, 134,000 adults are impacted by drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Stimulants, including meth, are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in the state, followed closely by marijuana.
- In 1979, Nebraska became one of a handful of states to first decriminalize marijuana, meaning that no prison time or criminal record is given for a first-offense possession of a small amount of marijuana used for personal consumption. Medical cannabis is not legal in Nebraska.
- Due to their location in the central United States between western drug sources and eastern drug markets, Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island and other Nebraska cities serve as redistribution points for drug markets.
- Nebraska officials report that they have seen a shift in the demographic of heroin users and dealers. Heroin users are now much younger and located in the city’s wealthy neighborhoods, and the sellers are more violent.
- Being a cheaper alternative to prescription opiates, the rise in Heroin usage is attributed to the rise in painkiller addictions and fentanyl-laced heroin is becoming an increasingly dangerous problem.
- In January 2015, Nebraska authorities booked 23 possession of marijuana cases entering from Colorado. From rolled joints to psychedelic glass pipes to edibles, like cannabis-infused gummy bears, chips and cookies, the legal marijuana purchases in Colorado become contraband in Nebraska.
- Compared to other illicit drugs in the Lincoln area, which are often prone to high fluctuations in availability and cost, marijuana has remained a stable factor, mostly because of its relatively stable supply.
- In December of 2014, Nebraska and Oklahoma (the “NO States”) filed suit against Colorado in the United States Supreme Court, seeking to invalidate Colorado’s recreational cannabis laws. The suit is still pending.
- According to the 2013 Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey, more than 1 in 5 Nebraska high school students (22 percent) reported drinking alcohol during the past month while about 1 in 7 (14 percent) reported binge drinking (i.e., five for more drinks within a couple of hours) during the past month.
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