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If everyone's thought processes run pretty much the same when they hear certain words and terms, most likely the first thing that comes to mind when the State of Nevada is mentioned is "Vegas, baby!" Well, sometimes they may think about Reno or Lake Tahoe, but usually that's the first thing.

Las Vegas with its casinos, giant hotels, and other attractions is usually so prevalent when anything is said about Nevada that it may often be easy to forget that people live in Las Vegas, as well as other parts of the State. Further, if anyone does give a thought to the problems which may affect residents of Nevada, that person may be tempted to believe that if any kind of addiction problem existed it would have to do with gambling.

Unfortunately, this is not true. Just as with any other state, Nevada has problems with substance abuse. And, contrary to what someone may think, because of the abundance of alcoholic beverages that are consumed, again, in Las Vegas, substance abuse includes other things besides alcohol.

In fact, methamphetamine is beginning to become very prevalent in the State. Of 10,797 Nevada residents recently surveyed, 2,558 admitted to using methamphetamine. Not surprisingly, alcohol, both alone and used along with other drugs, came in second, with 3,122 admitting to alcohol only use and 1,355 admitting to using alcohol as well as another drug.

The other drugs included in this survey were cocaine, which was broken down into two categories-smoked and "other route" (meaning method of administration) marijuana, and heroin. Meth use, however, is becoming the main concern of drug and law enforcement officials.

Substance abuse is no respecter of gender, race, or ethnic origin. This is especially noticeable in the case of meth abuse, where its use is split almost evenly between men and women. (The other drugs listed usually have a slightly higher use rate among men.)

If one needs any more proof that meth is definitely a cause for concern by Nevada residents, then the fact that under the category of substance abuse admissions, 0.1% of the people who were surveyed who had sought drug addiction treatment fell into the age category of 0-11.

This may not look or sound like very much; however, the fact that someone who was at least 11 years old, and may have been younger, had already become so addicted to meth that drug addiction treatment was necessary, is what makes this statistic so shocking.

The treatment centers in Nevada are equipped to handle all kinds of substance abuse, not just that involving meth. In addition, some treatment centers are designed to work specifically with adolescents (or even younger children) who have a substance abuse addiction.

However, with statistics and information showing that meth is becoming a serious problem, these facilities may do well to see that staff members and counselors receive adequate training into meth abuse and addiction. This is because meth is not only immediately addictive, but it can also start having immediate negative impact on one's physical health.

People who abuse meth often go for days without eating or sleeping. In addition, continued meth use causes one's teeth to crumble, one's skin to break down, and of course, can cause heart and breathing problems. Treatment centers in Nevada may see people with these problems, and it may be necessary to treat these conditions first before drug rehabilitation can begin.

As mentioned before, some people may consider a gambling addiction to be a more serious problem in Nevada than substance abuse addiction. It may be interesting to know that the same neural responses that occur when one receives pleasure from substance abuse happen when one gets caught up in gambling. For this reason, it can be said that a correlation between gambling and drug abuse exists, even if there are fewer instances of gambling and drug abuse addictions occurring simultaneously.

The propensity for it to happen is there, however, and treatment center operators and employees may need to be aware of this. Again, it may be necessary to treat one problem before moving on to another.

http://www.medicine.nevada.edu/healthsciences/11-08.html
http://mhds.nv.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=108&Itemid=95

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