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Drug Addiction Treatment Center West Virginia

Chronic, Crippling Poverty and Substance Abuse

West Virginia is more often known for being at the bottom level of statistical information for the nation in categories such as education and median income. In fact a whole regional task force known as the "Appalachian Regional Commission" was formed based off a visit that John F. Kennedy made to the region over 50 years ago. Still, the crippling poverty and unemployment still persists to this day, which is a contributing factor for people resorting to drugs to deal with such constant distress and pressure. Almost all of West Virginia is mountainous and underdeveloped, and unlike many other Appalachian and Midwest states, West Virginia has not evolved past its old staples such as coal mining, leaving several generations of people with little work. Despite parts of the state being relatively near major metropolitan population centers, the majority of drug trafficking cartels do not have a strong influence in the state. It is often not profitable enough for them to travel into the hills to find sparse collections of drug addicts as it is to continue to collect money in major cities. Therefore it is legal narcotics that affect the lower density populated areas of West Virginia. Home-made methamphetamine, prescription drugs, and alcohol all are popularly abused in the area, with prescription opiates such as Oxycontin and Vicodin accounting for as much as 25% of drug rehab admissions in the past few years after barely registering at all before 2000. The state also has one of the highest rates of teenagers and young adults who are alcoholics in the nation.

West Virginia cities with high drug abuse trends: Charleston, Morgantown, Huntington, Martinsburg, Parkersburg, and Wheeling.

West Virginia counties with statistically high substance abuse: Kanawha, Berkeley, Cabell, Monongalia, Wood, Harrison, and Mercer.

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