Keyser, West Virginia
Keyser, WV Profile
Keyser, WV, population 5,303 , is located
in West Virginia's Mineral county,
about 87.9 miles from Pittsburgh and 108.3 miles from Arlington.
In the 90's the population of Keyser has declined by about 10%.
It is Estimated in recent years the population of Keyser has been growing at an annual rate of 1.2 percent.
Reports show that during 2003 property crime levels in the Keyser area were lower than West Virginia's average.
The same data shows violent crime levels to be lower than the West Virginia average.
Keyser Gender Information
Males in Keyser: 2,500 (47%)
Females in Keyser: 2,803 (53%)
As % of Population in Keyser
Race Diversity in Keyser
African American: 7%
As % of Population in Keyser
Age Diversity in Keyser
Median Age in Keyser: 40.0 (Males in Keyser: 35.6, Females in Keyser: 43.0)
Keyser Males Under 20: 14%
Keyser Females Under 20: 12%
Keyser Males 20 to 40: 12%
Keyser Females 20 to 40: 12%
Keyser Males 40 to 60: 12%
Keyser Females 40 to 60: 13%
Keyser Males Over 60: 10%
Keyser Females Over 60: 16%
Economics in Keyser
Keyser Household Average Size: 2.19 people
Keyser Median Household Income: $ 23,718
Keyser Median Value of Homes: $ 61,500
Law Enforcement in Keyser
Reported crimes in the Keyser area during 2003:
Murder and non-negligent man-slaughter: 0
Forcible rape: 1
Aggravated assault: 16
Violent crime events per 100,000 people: 429
Motor vehicle theft: 11
Property crime events per 100,000 people: 2,881
Keyser Location Information
Elevation: 810 feet above sea level.
Land Area: 1.7 Square Miles.
Nearby Towns & Cities to Keyser
Piedmont 4.8 Miles
Westernport 4.9 Miles
Luke 5.0 Miles
Barton 6.6 Miles
Lonaconing 8.7 Miles
Midland 10.4 Miles
Elk Garden 10.4 Miles
Kitzmiller 11.7 Miles
Ft Ashby 11.8 Miles
Cresaptown-Bel Air 12.6 Miles
Big Cities Nearest Keyser
Pittsburgh 87.9 Miles
Arlington 108.3 Miles
Washington 110.5 Miles
Alexandria 112.4 Miles
Baltimore 126.7 Miles
Richmond 154.1 Miles
Akron 175.8 Miles
Erie 194.8 Miles
Allentown 201.4 Miles
Cleveland 201.9 Miles
General Risks and Age. Some population studies indicate that in a single year, between 7.4% and 9.7% of the population are dependent on alcohol, and between 13.7% and 23.5% of Americans are alcohol-dependent at some point in their lives. A 1996 national survey reported that 11 million Americans are heavy drinkers (five or more drinks per occasion on five or more days in a month) and 32 million engaged in binge drinking (five or more drinks on one occasion) in the month previous to the survey. People with a family history of alcoholism are more likely to begin drinking before the age of 20 and to become alcoholic. But anyone who begins drinking in adolescence is at higher risk. Currently 1.9 million young people between the ages of 12 and 20 are considered heavy drinkers and 4.4 million are binge drinkers. Although alcoholism usually develops in early adulthood, the elderly are not exempt. In fact, in one study, 15% of men and 12% of women over age 60 drank more than the national standard for excess alcohol consumption. Alcohol also affects the older body differently; people who maintain the same drinking patterns as they age can easily develop alcohol dependency without realizing it. Physicians may overlook alcoholism when evaluating elderly patients, mistakenly attributing the signs of alcohol abuse to the normal effects of the aging process.
In 2001, the percentage of Americans reporting marijuana use at least once in the past month was 5.4% of the population age 12 and older. Reported use of marijuana in the past month peaked in 1979 for 12- to 17-year-olds at 14.2%; for 18- to 25-year-olds at 35.6%; and for 26- to 34-year-olds at 19.7%.
As a person continues to abuse drugs, the brain adapts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less dopamine or by reducing the number of dopamine receptors in the reward circuit. As a result, dopamine's impact on the reward circuit is lessened, reducing the abuser's ability to enjoy the drugs and the things that previously brought pleasure. This decrease compels those addicted to drugs to keep abusing drugs in order to attempt to bring their dopamine function back to normal. And, they may now require larger amounts of the drug than they first did to achieve the dopamine high—an effect known as tolerance.
Initial withdrawal produces a craving for more opium, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, sneezing, a runny nose, and chills with goose bumps—the last of which gave rise to the term "cold turkey," meaning an abrupt abstinence. Muscle spasms, produce kicking movements, from which came the term "kicking the habit," meaning eliminating the habit. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between two and three days after the last dose and subside after about a week. Sudden withdrawals by heavily dependent users who are in poor health are occasionally fatal if the addicts fail to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Tolerance to a drug takes place when an individual is exposed to the same drug repeatedly and begins to build up an resistance to the drugs effects. The body then adapts and develops a tolerance for the drug. The addiction that is produced is so powerful that it creates cravings in the user. These cravings for the drug are the result of its impact on the individual's memory with feelings of pleasantness and euphoria which the individual has come to associate with the taking of the drug.
Drug Side Effects
Drug addiction and abuse comes with a heavy price. There are drastic drug side effects associated with drug misuse and abuse. Drug side effects from legal and illegal drugs can range from mild itching to comas and death. In addition to the physical drug side effects mentioned, there are many psychological drug side effects of drug abuse; the most serious being drug addiction and overdose.
Dependence is the compulsive use of a substance despite negative consequences which can be severe; drug dependence is simply excessive use of a drug or use of a drug for purposes for which it was not medically intended. Physical dependence on a substance (needing a drug to function) is not necessary or sufficient to define addiction. There are some substances that don't cause addiction but do cause physical dependence (for example, some blood pressure medications) and substances that cause addiction but not classic physical dependence (cocaine withdrawal, for example, it does not have symptoms like vomiting and chills; it is mainly characterized by depression).
Withdrawal is what happens when a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol discontinues use. There are numerous symptoms that take place both physically and emotionally when an addicted individual stops using. Withdrawal can last a few days to a few weeks and may include nausea or vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety. Keep in mind; this only occurs if a person has regular, heavy use of a drug or alcohol. Withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable without professional help. Treatment for withdrawal from alcohol or drugs may require a medical professional to be present. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is often the best way to overcome withdrawal and its symptoms as well as recovery from drug addiction.
Residential treatment offers intensive drug addiction help over a period of weeks or months. This form of treatment has some advantages over out-patient treatment, although it may not be suitable for everyone. For example, those who are responsible for caring for young children may be better suited to attendance at an out patient treatment program. Residential treatment offers a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment where individuals can confront their own drug addiction and associated issues, with the help of qualified staff. Therapy usually consists of a mixture of group counseling, individual counseling and an introduction to the principles of a drug recovery program.
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