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Earlier this month, a report was released by WalletHub that investigated and ranked states with the biggest drug problems in 2018. The metrics explored included arrest rates, overdose rates, the number of drug addiction treatment centers per 100,000 drug users, the number of people receiving treatment per 100,000 users, and more.
Florida often ranked close to the middle in many rankings with some notable outliers. For example, Florida ranked:
Perhaps the most interesting numbers to note is that while Florida was 8th in the nation for number of drug addiction treatment centers per 100,000 drug users (one of the best performers in this category), it ranked 42nd in the country when it came to the number of people per 100,000 drug users who actually received treatment. In other words, though Florida has a solid ratio of drug addiction treatment programs available to the people who are living with addiction, the state comes in close to last when it comes to the number of people in need of recovery actually connecting with the treatment they need.</p?
Why is this happening, and what can be done about it?
There could be a drug rehab program on every corner in Florida, but if there are too many barriers to entry, there may still be more people outside those walls struggling with addiction than inside getting the treatment they need to heal. Why? Experts believe that there are likely a number of reasons contributing to the problem. Some of the most commonly cited issues include:
Do you and your family need help overcoming the barriers to treatment in Florida? Is it time to learn more about the options available to you and the services that can help your loved one in addiction to begin the healing process?