West Virginia has an interesting drug situation when it comes to the need for drug rehab services. On one hand it has a lower overall illicit drug use compared to the country as a whole, yet on the other it was one of the top ten states for rates in several drug-use categories among young adults age 18-25: past-year use of cocaine; past-month use of illicit drugs other than marijuana; and illicit drug dependence. In addition, the drug-induced fatalities in West Virginia were nearly double the national average.
McDowell County in West Virginia has the 5th highest rate of drug poisoning deaths in the country. This is primarily due to the high percentage of prescription painkiller users in the state. These and other opiates were the leading category for for drug rehab admissions in West Virginia, followed by marijuana, cocaine, heroin, other prescription drugs and methamphetamine.
With the alarmingly high rate of drug-related deaths compared to overall drug use, one of the apparent solutions has actually contributed to the problem. Since a high percentage of users are hooked on pain pills, many of them are sent or drawn to methadone clinics, yet methadone overdoses have also been prevalent. Finding shorter-term step-down programs with buprenorphine or drug-free rehabilitation facilities after a medical detox are typically going to be much more successful.
There is also a relatively low number of drug rehabs to choose from in West Virginia. There are pockets of programs in Charleston, Fairmont, Huntington and Martinsburg, but they are sporadic elsewhere in the state. This leads many people in West Virginia to looking out of state for a treatment center that will suit their needs and is something we can help with. Feel free to contact us today by filling out a form or calling the helpline now.