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Drug abuse in Indiana

Indiana is known for its farmland and wide-open spaces. It has a diverse economy and ranks 16th in the US by population. The name honors the indigenous peoples who began arriving 10,000 years ago.

And while Indiana is ahead of many other neighboring states in several ways and with fewer per capita drug abuse and addiction problems, there are still hurdles to be cleared. According to the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, the most common drug that drives Indiana citizens to seek treatment is marijuana.

Governor Mike Pence declared the problem of needle transmitted HIV infections an epidemic in Scott County last April. He explained that that county may report an average of five cases of HIV in a year. But this year there were 79 cases reported in 4 months, ALL of them linked directly to intravenous drug injection.

Needle exchange programs are being implemented throughout the state and are beginning to show results with in lower incidence of transmittable disease cases appearing. But the truth still remains that Indiana is in the grip of a drug crises that has been affecting neighbors such as Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky for years. From 2013 to 2014 Indiana drug overdose deaths increased 9.6 percent putting the state among the most significant increases in the nation.

Even though the airwaves and newspapers are filled with the marijuana, cocaine and heroin news and statistics, alcohol and tobacco are still the biggest problems in the Hoosier state when it comes to damages and human misery as a result of addiction.

Indiana had a dependence rate of 7% for alcohol abuse and dependence with the highest rate between 18 and 25 year-olds. 59.9% of that age bracket reported current alcohol use and 40.95 of them reported binge drinking. (Consuming five or more drinks in a day) In 2013, a total of 8,159 alcohol-related collisions occurred in Indiana and 180 were fatal.

One third of Hoosiers ages 12 and over reported using tobacco in the last month (32.3%). This is considerably above the national average of 26%.

In the end it's clear that although there are not many better places in the US to live, drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are continuing to cause Indiana tragic and unnecessary death and loss of freedom and property.

Illicit Drug Use in the Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older in Indiana, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 2010, 2011, and 2012 NSDUHs (Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health)

Prescription medication abuse among Indiana's high school seniors has been on the rise since 1998, from 5.9 % in 1998 to 14.5 % in 2012.

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