Addiction Rates Higher in Rural Areas
Statistics show that the overdose death rate has been rising since the early 1990’s, especially in rural areas. This is due to the fact that drugs, specifically heroin, is very easily accessible and inexpensive. A few ounces of the harsh drug costs only $5-$10, which is cheaper than a bottle of wine or six pack of beer. The effects also last a lot longer than alcohol, which makes it more appealing to the young population who are trying to get high for fun.
State legislators recognize this problem and are trying to put new laws and bills into effect that will lower drug use and overdose rates. The Good Samaritan Law, which would provide legal protection to those who assist people who may be overdosing from drugs or alcohol, is being enacted in many states and will hopefully contribute to lowering overdose rates. Additionally, legislators are attempting to make it easier to prosecute drug dealers who deal to people who overdose. Right now, this is not done very often and therefore the dealers feel safer in giving customers high amounts of drugs. Finally, many rural communities are trying to make treatment for readily available for addicts.