Like in other states, the opioids crisis and the meth epidemic has devastated residents of South Dakota. While illicit drug abuse is historically lower than the national average, more opioid overdoses have been reported over the recent past. Drug overdose deaths increased from 6.9 per 100000 people in 2013 to 8.5 per 100000 in 2017.
The most commonly abused illegal drugs in South Dakota are heroin, meth, cocaine, 25i, and marijuana. Methamphetamine takes the first spot. Reports show that meth addiction does not discriminate age, ethnicity, and gender or income level. 64% of women in prison are convicted of drug-related crimes.
Most people are living under addiction to opioids. Opioids drugs include synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, illegal heroin, and legally prescribed pain relievers such as oxycodone. In 2017, the rate of Opioids prescriptions was 49.0 per 100 people. However, it is lower than the average national rate of 58.7 prescriptions.
Injection Drug Use (IDU) is attributed to new HIV cases. In 2016, new HIV cases associated with IDU in males and females were 16.7 percent and 22.2 percent, respectively. Similarly, Injection drug use is connected to Hepatitis C prevalence.
In a quest to help those in the risk of overdose get treatment, South Dakota passed Senate Bill 14 in 2015. It allows the medical first responder to carry naloxone in case of opioids case. This is the first naloxone access law in this state. In 2016 another law was passed to allow people at risk of opioid overdose to be prescribed naloxone.
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There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.
Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.
Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.