are the most commonly abused substance in the state.

Stimulants, including methamphetamine, are the most commonly cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in the state, followed closely by marijuana.

Nebraskans need help!!

Alcohol and drug addiction is a problem across the country and Nebraska is no exception. Despite its smaller population, Nebraska has an ongoing problem with drug and alcohol abuse. Crystal methamphetamine, alcohol, and prescription painkillers are the most critical drug threats in the area.

Methamphetamine is the drug of choice in Nebraska, with the state meth production ranking fifth in the nation per capita. Crystal meth in particular has become a problem around the city of Omaha. Hispanic drug trafficking organizations dominate the trade and are the main source of wholesale drugs in the state. Meth availability is expected to increase in Nebraska as Mexican criminal groups expand their wholesale operations. Likewise, meth labs will most likely increase because the substance anhydrous ammonia used in meth production is becoming easier to obtain.

Alcohol dependency is also a big concern in the state, with a rate of 10.2% of those over the age of 12 having a problem. This is one of the highest rates in the country. Even worse is the 18-25 age groups, which has the highest rate of alcohol dependence in the country at 27.2%.

Like the rest of the country, prescription painkiller abuse is on the rise in Nebraska. Hydrocodone based products, Oxycontin and Codeine are some of the most commonly abuse substances. Many residents will forge doctor signatures in order to get prescriptions or even turn to theft.

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