Rhode Island was formed from one of the first thirteen colonies in the United States, but most Americans think of it as that tiny little piece of land in the upper northeast corner of the state that is hard to spot on maps of the United States. It’s so small that the words “Rhode Island” can’t usually be written on the state itself—instead, the name (or even an abbreviation) has to be printed out in the Atlantic Ocean with a line to indicate which state the map is talking about.
Even though the state may be tiny compared to its neighbors and the western states that eventually came along and dwarfed it in size, it’s a beautiful place that easily fits its nickname, “The Ocean State.” The eastern portion of the state is largely comprised of islands surrounding a bay and the state’s largest city—Providence. The western portion has rolling hills, but the entire state has one of the highest population densities in the country due to its proximity to Massachusetts and New York.
Despite all the wonderful parts of this small state, it still has some major problems with drug use and addiction.
Rhode Island Drug Facts and Statistics
Here are several other facts about the state of drug addiction and drug rehab in Rhode Island.
- Rhode Island is one of the top ten states for past drug use among teenagers 12 or older and in adults from 18 to 25.
- 13.21 percent of Rhode Island residents admit to using illegal drugs in the past month, while the national average is much lower at only 8.82 percent of Americans in general.
- The number of Rhode Island residents that die as a direct result of their drug use is much higher than the national average. In Rhode Island, 16 out of every 100,000 people die as a direct result of using drugs, whereas the national average is 12.8 people per 100,000. For such a small state, this is a major problem.
Drugs of Abuse in Rhode Island
Over the last 10 years there have been major changed in the drugs of abuse in Rhode Island as well as the rest of the United States. Some of the most commonly used drugs in Rhode Island are:
- Heroin has long been the most popular drug in the state. It has been trending downward overall since 1997, but drug use of heroin has started to pick up again since 2007. Heroin still accounts for about 37 percent of all treatment admissions in the state.
- Marijuana use has been dropping for the past few years and is now on part with prescription drug use. Both drugs are responsible for about 22 percent of all treatment admissions in the state.
- Cocaine and crack have been declining in usage and in treatment admissions. They now account for only 12 percent of all treatment admissions.
- Meth has continued to stay flat along the very bottom of the graph in terms of drug treatment admission.
Questions to Ask for Drug Treatment in Rhode Island
If you or a loved one is looking for a Rhode Island drug treatment, there are a few questions one should ask to determine if the program meets the criteria for successful recovery. Some of those include:
- What is the length of the drug rehab program?
- What is the results, outcome or recovery rate for sobriety after completing treatment?
- Where is the facility located? Is it in an urban, rural or suburban area? How common is drug use near the facility?
- What do family members, friends and clients of the program have to say about the treatment process; the facility; the staff?
- What credentials does the facility have? Are they licensed or accredited?
Just asking these simple questions can determine whether the program is a good option for Rhode Island drug treatment.
Rhode Island Drug Treatment Resources & Information
WhiteHouse.gov: Rhode Island Drug Control Update – http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_rhode_island_0.pdf