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Due to the fact that West Virginia is a state that is largely rural, the most of its drug problems is the abuse of methamphetamine and marijuana. In the past few years the number of meth labs in the state has risen. The growing of marijuana is also a wide spread problem. In 2005 alone 213 meth labs were discovered by Drug Enforcement Agency.

Cocaine use in West Virginia is usually confined to the low and low-middle income population and the sources to obtain the drug vary greatly. Heroin availability is very limited throughout the state and therefore the use of it is not a major problem.

The use of Ecstasy, a popular club drug, is found most often in areas around the state's colleges and universities. Statistics have shown that prescription drug abuse in West Virginia has increased dramatically in the last few years. In 2005 about 250,000 of the state's population were using some type of prescription medication for a use other than what it was prescribed for.

The rural areas are where the increase of drug overdose deaths has accorded. In 2006 statistics showed that most deaths in the adult 45 and under age group were caused by drug overdoses. This makes West Virginia the state with the highest drug overdose deaths in the nation.

There are 63 treatment centers available to help West Virginians overcome their addiction problems. They are a mix of outpatient and inpatient facilities. Most all treat all forms of addiction. There are several that specialize in prescription drug abuse. Most of the facilities treated youth and adults, but programs are designed for each age group.

At each of the centers, whether inpatient or outpatient, some questions will be asked of a person. Some of these will consist of: prior substance abuse, family and social history, whether a person has had any trouble with law enforcement, educational background, employment history, medical and psychological history.

Medical examinations are preformed at all West Virginia's treatment centers and testing for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases is also administered. Since an addict often does not take care of their nutritional health and personal hygiene these are addressed as a part of a rehabilitation program.

Many of West Virginia's treatment centers not only treat drug and alcohol abuse but mental problems as well. Due to the poverty situation in the state a great number of the population suffers from some form of depression or anxiety which can be one cause of drug and alcohol abuse.

Oxycontin has became known as "Hillbilly Heroin" due to the fact that it is prescribed for pain more than any other drug available. Because of this in 2001 West Virginia sue the maker of Oxycontin, Purdeu Pharma. The company paid the state $10 million over the course of four years and a grant of $1 million of that was given to West Virginia University. This was used to create a prescription drug abuse hotline. This hotline gives a person the means to seek treatment and remain anonymous.

Alcohol abuse is a large problem for the state of West Virginia. In 2005 108,000 of the state's population had a problem with alcohol. Many of these people did not receive treatment for reasons such as money problems and they do not know where to turn for help. West Virginia has centers that deal with alcohol problems only and most of these are of the outpatient variety.

After a person admits to having an alcohol or drug problem they must decide whether an inpatient or outpatient facility would be best for them. Outpatient facilities are less expensive, however, since a person is still living at home the temptation for continuing their old habits makes it harder for them to succeed. Inpatient treatment is recommended for those with prescription abuse problems and for teenagers. The success of overcoming an addiction depends on the choices a patient makes.


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