Like many other states, Nebraska is home to a large undocumented immigrant population, which makes it easy for Mexican cartels and South American drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) to smuggle illegal drugs into the state. Methamphetamine and marijuana are the most popular causes of drug and alcohol rehab enrollment, and are significant threat to almost every portion of the population. Both alcoholism and club drug abuse are frighteningly common among the state’s youth and university students, while crack and powder cocaine are present in many of the state’s neighborhoods. Domestic and foreign methamphetamine abuse and distribution is prevalent in practically every neighborhood, and is particularly common in Latino communities. Heroin is available in limited quantities in some of the state’s urban areas, but poses a comparatively low threat overall. Without the development of a comprehensive and well-executed approach to drug and alcohol rehab, relatively small threats like heroin and cocaine abuse will undoubtedly grow to more serious levels. Nebraska's section of Interstate 80 has made ground shipment of illegal drugs to other states a relatively simply matter.
Although methamphetamine and marijuana have been the most dominant illegal drugs in the state, recent data suggests that other substances such as cocaine and illegal prescriptions are responsible for an increasing number of local drug rehab admissions. Most rehab facilities in Nebraska are staffed with expert addiction care professionals who are experienced in dealing with every type of chemical dependency. They will employ the latest clinical methods, and provide in-depth psychological analysis, so you can begin to rebuild your life.
Nebraska houses numerous alcohol rehabilitation centers within its borders. With at least one in almost all of the state’s urban areas, alcohol abuse victims have many quality treatment options at their disposal. There are many different types of alcohol rehab that cater to a diverse range of abuse pathologies and addiction situations. Patients who have not yet succumbed to full-blown alcoholism may benefit from an outpatient program, during which their lives will experience minimal disruption. More serious cases will almost certainly require residential treatment where patients can undergo adequate psychological evaluation and develop resistance skills to cope with temptation in their post-rehab lives.
Detox is a necessary step for Nebraska residents who wish to fully benefit from any form of substance abuse rehab. Detox is the process substance abuse-related toxins are expelled from the system. Quality detox facilities are staffed with experts who do all they can to make sure the patient is as safe and comfortable as possible during the process. It’s no secret that the withdrawal process can be a physically and mentally taxing ordeal. Patients should seek help at a facility that will effectively manage their symptoms, and help maintain their enthusiasm toward subsequent rehab. A poor detox choice can seriously counter-productive ramifications.
Unquestionably the most ubiquitous illegal drug in the whole state, marijuana is abused by Nebraska citizens of all backgrounds. The majority of Nebraska’s marijuana supply originates in Mexico and is smuggled in from outlying states by Hispanic cartels. There is also a thriving domestic market, the product of which is grown in the state’s rural areas and suburban gardens. At the local level, Nebraska marijuana is controlled by miscellaneous factions including criminal groups and motorcycle and street gangs. Marijuana abuse is believed by many experts to lead to more serious substance abuse behavior which results in many of the state’s rehab admissions.
Cocaine addiction has essentially been confined to Nebraska's metropolitan areas. Omaha and Lincoln have both reported growing crack and powder cocaine problems that have led to increased violence. Nebraska’s cocaine supply comes in almost exclusively through El Paso by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Once it reaches the state, a majority is converted to crack and moved to different areas via commercial and private automobile. Cocaine abuse and addiction is accounting for a larger number of drug rehab admissions within the state.
Heroin is only available on a limited basis in the Nebraska’s major cities. Mexican “black tar” is the prevailing variety, and has cost a considerable number of residents their lives. Despite its comparative scarcity, criminal groups and street gangs in and around the state have started co-opting sales and distribution with their other illegal drug activities. Without consistent monitoring of the situation, and legal intervention whenever warranted, it’s likely that the rate of heroin addiction in Nebraska will escalate, and cost an increasing number of residents their lives.
Methamphetamine addiction is, by far, the most serious illegal drug problem facing Nebraska. Clandestine laboratories produce smaller runs of high-purity product, while Mexican drug trafficking organizations import their variety from outlying areas such as Texas. The preferred variety of methamphetamine in Nebraska is called "ice." It’s a highly concentrated, highly potent version of the traditional drug, and is produced mostly within the state’s own boarders. Local distributors tend to be Caucasian criminal groups, and motorcycle gangs. Ice can either be smoked or injected.
Following close behind the state’s alarming methamphetamine problem in scope and severity is an illegal prescription epidemic. Oxycontin, Xanax, Vicodin and Percocet are some of the most commonly abused drugs in the state. Prescription drug addiction affects all of the state’s citizens, from the white-collar professionals to teenagers and students. The most common causes of prescription drug addiction are dishonest physician practices, person-to-person theft, unregulated Internet sales, improper use of a legitimate prescription and pharmacy robberies.
The perception of club drugs as comparatively benign and safe is one that has led to frightening increase in abuse among the state’s younger population. Club drugs include MDMA (molly), Ketamine, PCP, GHB, and LSD. They’re given the name because abuse is highly popular among teenagers and young adults with close ties to rave and nightclub culture. Club drug addiction has moved past the state’s bar and club scenes, and is now infiltrating the state's colleges, universities, and high schools. It is responsible for an increasing number of local and regional rehab admissions.
Methamphetamine, illegal prescriptions, and a rising club drug epidemic regularly threaten the well-being of the Nebraska’s citizens. Without a comprehensive approach to treatment, and the development of more local drug and alcohol rehab facilities, the state is left wide-open to other threats such as cocaine and heroin. Drug trafficking organizations have taken advantage of relative anonymity that a state like Nebraska provides, and have set up lucrative domestic and international distribution from the inside, leaving residents more vulnerable to illegal drug addiction by the day.