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Alaska entered the union on January 3, 1959 and was the 49th state to do so. The capital of this state is Juneau and the state abbreviation is AK. Their motto is “North to the Future”. The state flower of Alaska is the forget-me-not, state tree is the sitka spruce, state bird is the willow ptarmigan and the state fish is the king salmon. The nickname for Alaska is the “The Last Frontier” or “Land of the Midnight Sun”. As of the 2010 census population poll there were 710,231 Alaskan residents living in the state.
Alaska Drug Use Trends
Alaska is located in the northwest extremity of the U.S., and borders Canada, the Arctic Ocean, and the Pacific Ocean and Russia is located to the west of the state across the Bering Strait. It is the largest state by area in the U.S. but the 4th least populous, and around half of the residents of Alaska reside in the Anchorage metro area. Oil & natural gas and other resources which can be extracted in the region including the fishing industry are the dominating industries in the state. The residents of Alaska face very specific drug and alcohol problems, and nine out of ten of the leading causes of death in the state are associated with substance abuse.
Alaska residents in all age groups have among the higher rates of alcohol consumption in the nation. For example, the rate of heavy drinking in Alaska is an estimated 7.7% vs. the U.S. average of 6.2%, and the Alaska rate of heavy binge drinking is 18.5% vs. 16.8%. Rates of alcohol dependent are twice as high in Alaska than national rates, and the consequences of this are grim, with the rate of alcohol induced deaths in the state being 29.4% vs. a national average of 8.8%. Nearly one-quarter of all hospitalized injury patients in Alaska have suspected or proven alcohol use injuries, and an estimated 37% of fatal crashes in Alaska are alcohol-related.
The rate of individuals using illicit drugs in the state of Alaska is also much higher in Alaska than the rest of the U.S. on average, at 12.9% vs. 9.2% respectively. According to recent surveys and studies, Alaska's current drugs of choice are alcohol, cocaine, Methamphetamine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Methamphetamine use and manufacture and the non-medical use of prescription opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycontin/oxycodone have come to the forefront as primary drugs problems among residents and for law enforcement agencies in the state. To highlight the problem and its consequences, the rate of drug overdose deaths in Alaska has increased by 55% since 1999, the majority of which were caused by prescription drugs.
Because the substance abuse problems in Alaska are so significant, it is crucial that effective drug treatment options be made available to all residents who need it. Alaska does have quality drug rehab programs in the state which can help individuals with any type of addiction, even if they have tried drug rehab in the past and perhaps didn't make it through the program or relapsed at a later time. No one should give up, because very often this can occur if the individual wasn't in the right drug rehab program for their particular situation and level of dependency. For example, it wouldn't be ideal to put someone who was highly dependent to alcohol or prescription opiates in an outpatient programs, but individuals who are experiencing dependence to these substance need to have no access at all to them, and a complete change of environment until they know how to deal with things which trigger their substance abuse. In Alaska, there are programs which provide either an inpatient drug treatment program in a hospital or clinic, or residential drug rehab facilities where clients remain the entire time they are in treatment. These facilities typically offer either a 30-day program or a 90-120 program, with long-term treatment again being more ideal for those who are highly dependent to drugs and/or alcohol and likewise have higher success rates.
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