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Rhode Island is officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, and is a state in the New England region of the U.S. The state is the smallest state in terms of area, and the least eighth populous, although it is the second most densely populated state in the nation. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut and Massachusetts and also shares a water boundary with New Yorks Long Island to the southwest. The estimated population of Rhode Island in 2012 was 1,050,292, with the center of population located in Providence County in the city of Cranston. About 81% of the population of Rhode Island is non-Hispanic White, 12% are Hispanic or Latino, and 3% are Asian. About 59% of the population of the state was born there, 27% were born out of state, 2% are from Puerto Rico, and 13% are foreign born.
The states official nickname is the Ocean State, in reference to the oceanfront beaches and many bays and inlets which make about 14% of the states total area. Narragansett Bay is a major feature in the state, with over 30 islands within the Bay.
Rhode Island Drug Use Trends
Located in the New England region of the United States, Rhode Island is home to 1,055,173 residents (2014 census). Officially named the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, this state has the longest name of any state in the Union. Nicknamed the "Ocean State", Rhode Island has several oceanfront beaches for residents and visitors to enjoy. The state is densely populated and is a key location for jewelry manufacturing as well as metal, electronics, plastic products and boat/ship construction. Reports on drug use, addiction and overdose rank Rhode Island as having the highest number of drug users among residents over the age of 12. The state also ranks first in past-month illicit drug use, past-year marijuana use, past-month marijuana use, past-year cocaine use and the highest number of illicit drug addiction cases. A greater number of Rhode Island resident's abuse illicit substances than the national average; 13% of residents reported past-month illicit drug use during 2007-2008 while the national average at the time was 8%.
Rhode Island Heroin Addiction
Rhode Island residents struggle with heroin addiction. This substance is the most immediate drug threat facing the population of Rhode Island and the leading reason behind a majority of the Rhode Island drug rehab enrollments during 2013. A majority of the illegal drugs in the state come from New York, Boston, New Jersey and Maryland. Criminal organizations control the majority of Rhode Island's illegal drug market and use the state's geographical location between major drug markets to maintain their operations.
The heroin supply in Rhode Island is primarily smuggled in by Colombian and Mexican drug trafficking organizations. While heroin is an extremely addictive substance, the heroin found in Rhode Island is significantly more powerful than that found in other states; this form of heroin can create dependence in user's by their third time using the drug. Distributed in every region of the state, heroin addiction is a problem for Rhode Island residents from every walk of life.
Rhode Island Heroin Rehab
In 2013, 31.6% (3,635 individuals) of all Rhode Island drug rehab enrollments were for heroin addiction. 71.5% of the individuals receiving heroin addiction treatment during 2013 in Rhode Island were male and 28.5% were female. The largest age group to receive heroin addiction rehabilitation in Rhode Island during 2013 was between 26-30 years old. The first step in heroin addiction recovery is detoxification. While this is a critical step, it is only the first in the long journey to sobriety. Without additional long-term inpatient residential drug rehab the resident will not remain clean. While the length of time necessary for recovery from heroin addiction is different for each individual, research shows that three months in treatment is a general guideline for seeing significant improvement and the ability to achieve long-term abstinence.
Rhode Island Prescription Drug Addiction
Prescription drug addiction affects residents of all ages and communities. As the use of prescription drugs rises, so does the overdose death rate. Rhode Island is a state with the highest rates of residents abusing drugs and dying from them. A prescription drug that is claiming lives across Rhode Island is Fentanyl. This prescription painkiller is eighty times more powerful than morphine and is rarely used for outpatient pain control. In 2014 a homemade synthetic version of the prescription drug Fentanyl took the lives of ten Rhode Island residents. Between January 1st and January 13th, twenty-two residents died due to apparent accidental overdoses. Of these twenty-two overdose deaths, thirteen tested positive for Fentanyl.
The abuse of prescription pain relievers is a serous drug threat in Rhode Island. In 2009, SAMSHA ranked Rhode Island as having the third-highest rate for non-medical use of prescription pain relievers in the country. Many of the prescriptions abused by residents originate with legal prescriptions from physicians, nurses, physician assistants, dentists as well as optometrists. During 2013, it was estimated that more than one-third of Rhode Island's population (360,000) filled prescriptions for controlled substances. Looking through the state's database of every controlled-substance prescription that was filled, the results showed an astounding ninety million doses of tranquilizers, sedatives and narcotics were prescribed to Rhode Island residents during 2013. Several of these prescriptions were for the same 1,400 residents who obtained their prescriptions from five or more prescribers and five or more pharmacies; a red flag for prescription drug abuse.
Rhode Island Prescription Drug Addiction Rehab
While prescription drug addiction is often difficult to overcome, it is by no means impossible to find lasting sobriety. Residents looking to end their prescription drug addiction problem may struggle with maintaining sobriety due to the easier accessibility of pharmaceutical drugs, but with the right treatment program this issue can be prevented. During 2013, an estimated 1,335 individuals enrolled in Rhode Island drug rehab programs for prescription drug addiction. This made up 11.6% of all Rhode Island drug rehab admissions during 2013. 60.5% of those enrolled in Rhode Island prescription drug rehab programs were male and 39.5% were female. The largest age group to receive treatment in Rhode Island for prescription drug addiction was between the ages of 26-30 years old.
Inpatient and residential drug rehab programs are considered the gold standard in overcoming prescription drug addiction. Choosing a long-term program that runs three months or longer is ideal. This length of time allows the recovering resident to go through the detoxification process, begin living life clean and sober during treatment, uncover and address the issues in their life that caused them to abuse prescription drugs, develop healthy was of coping and thriving in their life that do not involve substance use, and work on relapse prevention techniques to avoid succumbing to prescription drug addiction in the future. Through effective prescription drug addiction rehabilitation the resident can overcome their addiction and gain the strength and skills necessary to restore their life.
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