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Drug Addiction Treatment in KentuckyIn recent years, Kentucky has become known for a lot more than its scenery and culture: Kentucky has become one of the hardest hit states in the union when it comes to domestic drug epidemics. Kentuckians do their fair share of cocaine, marijuana, and other drugs that generally are imported by Mexican drug cartels. But despite the constant increase of this importation, there is a far more dangerous drug threat that many rural parts of American have fallen prey to. Home-made methamphetamine production as well as prescription drug abuse are extremely prevalent in Kentucky.  In both cases these drugs have been found to have affected many small towns, with constant drug crime and overdoses causing tragic events in what seem like small and pleasant towns in Appalachia.

Meth can be made mostly with homemade ingredients as well as some over-the-counter prescription medications. It has become immensely popular in the last 10 years in the rural parts of Appalachia, so much so that regional task forces have been appointed specifically to track the sale of precursor ingredients such as pseudoephedrine, and to bust meth labs that are often hidden amongst normal homes and apartment buildings across the country.

If the meth-craze was bad for Kentucky than prescription drugs have been hell. They can be procured legally, fraudulently, or on the street almost anywhere in the state - in fact a lot of the cheaper pills are brought from states that have more relaxed prescriptionpolicies, where drug traffickers obtain as many pills as they can possibly get away with. Regardless of where they came from, the consequences have been severe. In 2008, there were 718 prescriptions of hydrocodone per 1,000 residents. And the statistics are similar when it comes to oxycodone and depressants such as xanax/alprazalom.

Unfortunately not much can be done to curb the availability and popularity of prescription drugs that contain synthetic opiates and other powerfully addictive substances. However, what can and must be done is that people have to be educated about the importance of drug rehab. Despite the terrible hold drugs like Xanax and Oxycontin can have over people, with the aid of an addiction treatment program it is possible to beat an addiction and re-build a normal life. It may take months or even years of counseling, therapy, and self-reflection, but the need to get high can be replaced with a will to enjoy life to the fullest once more.

Cities in Kentucky with chronic drug problems: Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Paducah, Richmond, Florence, Frankfort, and Elizabethtown

Counties in Kentucky suffering from untreated addiction problems: Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Boone, Hardin, Warren, Daviess, Campbell, Madison, Christian, and Mccracken

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