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- Salt Lake City
- West Jordan
- St. George
- American Fork
- Cedar City
- Spanish Fork
- Heber City
- Mount Pleasant
- Castle Dale
Utah is located in the Western United States, and is the 13th largest and 34th most populous state in the nation. The population is currently at about 2,855,287, 80% of which live along the Wasatch Front which is located in the area of Salt Lake City. The remainder of the state is nearly uninhabited. Utah is bordered by Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Arizona and a small corner on the southeast touches New Mexico. Utah is the fifth fasting growing state in the nation, and was rated by Gallup in 2012 as the best state to live in when measured by economy, lifestyle, and health. The St. George Metropolitan area of Utah is currently the second-fastest growing area in the country. About 80% of Utah residents are non-Hispanic Whites, while 13% are Hispanic or Latino and the rest are .9% Black on non-Hispanic Black, 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 1.8% of two or more races.
Utah Drug Use Trends
Utah's natural beauty stems from its three distinct geological regions: The Rocky Mountains, The Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau. With approximately 62% of the 2,949,902 state residents being members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS, Mormons) the steep rise in prescription drug addiction is surprising. While the religion's health law "Word of Wisdom" discourages followers of the faith from consuming things that are harmful to their bodies, many Mormons have succumbed to prescription drug addiction. It is thought this rising epidemic among LDS members is due to a gray area in the religions health law - doctor prescribed medication. Addiction can affect anyone who uses an addictive substance and individuals who uphold a high ideal of healthy living are not immune. The unfortunate reality is that many of the Mormons who succumbed to prescription drug addiction began their downward decent by using medications prescribed by their physician. Under the assumption that everything would be ok, their continued prescription drug use spiraled into abuse and inevitability addiction.
Changing Utah's Laws
As the state's prescription drug problem continues to garner national attention, White House officials address Utah's prescription drug abuse problem. One of the items discussed is changing state laws to prevent drug abuse, prevent drug overdose and provide treatment options for addicted residents. The Affordable Care Act has been summited and in it lays the ability to make a huge difference in Utah's capability to address the above issues. The act would bridge the financial gap between those in need of addiction treatment and the resources to provide them with care.
Another change in the works is the Good Samaritan Bill. This bill would grant those who report drug overdoses immunity in some of charges they may have faced by seeking help for an individual struggling with a drug overdose. This change to Utah's law will work to protect individuals who are aware of a drug overdose and pursues care for the victim, without fear of being charged with a crime themselves.
Lastly, Utah state officials are working on legislation that allows police officers as well as the general public to carry naloxone; a medication used in the event of an overdose from opioids (heroin, morphine, prescription painkillers, etc.).
While alcoholism (23.3%) was the leading cause of Utah drug rehab enrollments in 2013, amphetamines (20.4%) followed at a close second. The state is inundated with meth smuggled in from Mexico, California and Colorado. While limited, there are local clandestine meth labs generating high-purity methamphetamine in small quantities. While state law enforcement continues to eradicate both small and large scale clandestine meth labs throughout Utah, the methamphetamine problem in the state rages on.
- While the number of meth labs has declined over the years from 272 in 1999 down to 3 in 2007, use of this substance continues terrorize the state.
- Utah's County Major Crimes Task Force estimates 95% of the meth in the United States is smuggled into the country by Mexican drug cartels using major roadways and interstates.
- 2,833 individuals enrolled in Utah drug rehab programs for meth addiction during 2013.
- 54.9% of meth addiction enrollments during 2013 in Utah drug rehabs were male and 45.1% were female.
- The largest age group to receive treatment for meth addiction during 2013 in Utah drug rehab programs was between the ages of 31-35 years old.
- In 2010, Quest Diagnostics reported that Utah's workforce urine samples tested 120% higher for meth than the national average.
- The meth epidemic in Utah can be traced back to the fact that it was one of three states that allowed the unrestricted sales of precursor chemicals to create meth. This resulted in Utah becoming a source state for meth precursor chemicals. While the laws have changed over the years, it appears it was too little too late a change for the residents of Utah.
With state and local initiatives encouraging residents to seek addiction rehabilitation at inpatient programs, many addicted individuals are regaining control over their lives. Considered the gold standard in addiction recovery, long-term inpatient and residential drug rehab programs provide a considerable number of benefits that outpatient care is unable to offer. By attending a long-term residential inpatient Utah drug rehab program residents are able to leave behind their day to day life as they focus on their recovery. They reside in a safe drug-free environment and have the time they need to complete the withdrawal process, uncover the underling issues that drove them to substance abuse, develop skills to prevent future drug or alcohol use, practice relapse prevention techniques and create an aftercare plan to prepare them for their newly gained sobriety.
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