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Addiction and Abuse in the Heart of America

Virginia's balance between rural and urban means that it actually it has less severe drug problems in many respects, especially compared to neighboring areas. While its mountainous region in the Westshares the Appalachia region's characteristics of high poverty and drug abuse, it is far less severe than neighboring states like West Virginia and Kentucky. Furthermore, although Virginia shares a border with Washington D.C, with Baltimore not much farther North, little of the heroin and crack cocaine problems in that area has spilled over. In general, Virginia is much like other Southern states, with drug abuse statistics that are relatively lower than the national average, little intravenous drug use, and no medical marijuana laws.

However, an "average" amount of drug abuse in a given state still amounts to plenty of suffering; over 20,000 Virginians are enrolled in some kind of drug addiction treatment program and there are many, many more addicts that do not seek addiction treatment to account for. Alcoholism and prescription drug abuse are commonplace nationwide today and it is a constant battle to keep lives from being lost from these addictions every day. Part of what makes this a tough issue is that many people have a very acceptable opinion of many types of addiction. Use of alcohol is encouraged in advertisements as well as in many parts of society, particularly in high schools and colleges. Prescription drugs are similarly advertised and prescribed nationwide as something that will improve people's lives, and yet Virginians overdose every day on drugs such as Vicodin and Xanax.

Substance Abuse And Mental Health Disorders In Virginia

There are many cases in Virginia where individuals who suffer from psychological problems such as depression or PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) also use alcohol and drugs to distract themselves from such mental distress. Medical experts refer to it as a co-occurring disorder, where there is a linkage between two serious issues—addiction and a mental health disorder.  Veterans are one example of those who are often fighting severe mental health disorders, leading to financial crises, homelessness, criminal activity, a severe addiction problem, and an overall lower quality of life. Today, prescription drugs such as opioids or painkillers are popularly being used for dealing with mental health disorders, which has also led to countless accidental deaths.

A research report from Radford University indicated that a great number of Southwest Virginia residents are struggling with severe cases of prescription drug abuse, "causing high rates of accidental deaths in Southwest Virginia." In 2010, the majority of drug-related deaths were accidental. Of these deaths, over 50 percent of them were related to use of prescription drugs such as Fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone. Since substance abuse and mental health disorders are often associated with one another, treatment programs are designed to be comprehensive in nature, focusing on treating the physical condition of the client while also treating the psychological and mental aspect of addiction.

Virginia cities with high drug abuse trends: Richmond, Virginia Beach, Alexandria, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Arlington, Woodbridge, Henrico, Newport News, Roanoke, Fairfax, Manassas, Hampton, Falls Church, Charlottesville, and Springfield

Virginia counties with statistically high substance abuse: Fairfax, Prince William, Chesterfield, Loudoun, Henrico, Arlington, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Hanover, and Roanoke

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