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The use of cocaine and heroin is not a large problem in the state of Wyoming. Club drugs such as Ecstasy and marijuana are more abundant than heroin and cocaine in the state. However, a growing threat in Wyoming is methamphetamine, which has seen a steady increase in recent years. This increased drug use has resulted in an increase in crimes such as child abuse, domestic violence and other types of crimes.

In 2005, there were 5,244 admissions to rehabilitation clinics in Wyoming. Of those 104 were people who used cocaine, either by smoking or some means. Heroin accounted for only 9 admissions. The number of admissions for marijuana use was 979. Methamphetamine was used by 691. According to statistics, it would seem that marijuana use was a worst problem than meth. Of the marijuana users 78.1 percent were male compared to 21.9 percent female. The age group that used marijuana most was between the ages of 12 and 17. Illicit drug use was very low among the elderly (ages 61 and older).

Wyoming is a state that gets most of its drugs from other states, Canada and Mexico. In 2002, 61 meth labs were seized and that number has steadily declined. In 2005, the latest year statistics were available only 9 meth labs were seized.

Wyoming has only 44 treatment centers in the state and most are outpatient facilities. Some of them do offer residential inpatient and even hospital inpatient facilities. Adolescent care is most often performed in a residential inpatient facility. Since alcohol is the main abuse problem in the state, outpatient treatment works well. However, all outpatient treatment is based on the fact that a person has already given up the drug or alcohol and is mentally and physically stable.

Prescription drug abuse in the state tends to be concentrated in two age groups, the elderly and teenagers. The elderly are routinely given medication for depression or anxiety. These types of drugs are often very easy to become addicted. Teenagers are mostly likely to obtain addictive prescription drugs from their own home. Almost every home is known to have some form of painkiller or antianxiety medication. There was no statistics available concerning the admissions to any treatment center for the abuse of prescription drugs.

Alcohol use only accounted for nearly half of the admissions to treatment centers in Wyoming. The age group of 21 to 25 used alcohol more than any other age group. Alcohol and other drug use combined was the reason 1,165 of the people was admitted. Once again the age group 21 to 25 had the most occurrence of this abuse. Many of the centers in Wyoming used "detox" as the main program to deal with alcoholism. Outpatient treatment was most often used in the treatment of alcohol.

Residential treatment is the preferred method to combat alcohol use whether it is used alone or in combination with other drugs. In a residential center the person can be given medication to ease the withdrawal symptoms and they are also away from the people they associated with and the places where they could get a drink.
There are clinics in Wyoming that use rapid detox as a drug treatment method. This controversial method of treatment is mainly used for heroin addiction and since heroin admissions are low (only 9 out of 5,244) it is not easy to find a clinic that uses it.

Many facilities in the state will also treat mental illness and these are most usually inpatient treatment centers. When a person has a mental health problem, they are more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.
A person must admit to having a problem and then the search for a treatment facility can begin. Outpatient treatment is less expensive, but there is more of a chance for relapse due to the availability of drugs or alcohol. Inpatient treatment is advised for prescription drug and for teenagers.

References:

http://www.health.wyo.gov/mhsa/drugcourt/WyoDrugCourts.html
http://www.health.wyo.gov/mhsa/index.html

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