Nebraska Drug Abuse
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Data shows that those 18 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – alcohol detox and rehab in Nebraska. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 402-817-2706. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.
What you should know
Nebraska continues to be a transshipment state for Mexican methamphetamine, a major concern in the state. Interstate 80 provides easy west-to-east access. The rapid increase in number of Hispanic workers has allowed members of drug trafficking organizations with ties to Mexico to easily blend into communities.
Compared to other states
- Illicit drugs overall – low for those 18 and older
- Alcohol – moderately high for those 18 and older
- Cocaine – moderately low for those 18 and older
- Marijuana – moderately low for those 26 and older, low for those 18-25
- Pharmaceuticals – low for those 18 and older
Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A closer look
Easily available in all major cities. Mexican marijuana is transported to Nebraska via El Paso, Texas; Nogales, Arizona; and southern California. Other marijuana sources are grow operations in British Columbia via Washington state. Methods of transport are all forms of vehicles on the highways and commercial transportation such as buses and trains.
A significant problem.
Greatest drug threat. Hispanic trafficking organizations import meth in vehicles and control most of the drug from production to consumer sale. Local low-yield labs also distribute small amounts of the drug. Ice is easily available and is the preferred form.
Easily available in larger cities. Hispanic trafficking organizations, many from Mexico, control distribution. Sources are in Southwest Border states. In large urban centers, crack cocaine is a serious problem.
Increasing. Users in Nebraska mistakenly believe these drugs are safe. Organizations import multi-100 to multi-1,000 units of MDMA (Ecstasy) from Texas, Florida and Arizona.
OxyContin, hydrocodone and codeine-based cough syrups a problem. But they are abused much less than more traditional drugs. Sources are “doctor shopping” and forged prescriptions.
Available in negligible amounts in Omaha. Hispanic trafficking organizations obtain the drug from Mexico.
Percentage of Nebraska population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||6.59|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||8.51|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||4.99|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||3.13|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||1.98|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||3.57|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||44.07|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||57.17|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||25.79|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||37.72|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||1.65|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.09|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||9.12|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||9.84|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||1.95|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||8.59|
|Serious psychological distress||12.06|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||7.04|
- Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.
- Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.
- When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.
- Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
- Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
- Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.
- Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.
Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.