Inner City Hydrocodone Use

Inner City Hydrocodone Use

The inner city refers to the central area of a large city, but it is generally a euphemism for residential sections in low-income urban areas. Starting in the sixties, working families migrated in mass to the suburbs and left the urban areas with substantially less tax revenues. As a result, for decades the inner city suffered from crime, vandalism and drug problems, notably heroin and crack cocaine. In Europe, the inner city has typically been the most expensive place to live, and due to gentrification in the nineties most of America’s inner cities are now affluent and desirable residential areas. With this shift, hydrocodone abuse has increased in urban centers.

Urban Hydrocodone Abuse Rates

Hydrocodone is the opiate painkiller in over 200 prescription drug. Though available only by prescription, it is a popular drug of abuse. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health issued a report in 2013 that looked at nonmedical painkiller use from 2009 to 2011, and the data included the following facts:

  • The 18 to 25-year-old age group had the highest rates of painkiller abuse
  • Seven of the 10 states with the highest usage rates were in the west
  • Oregon, Colorado and Washington (in that order) had the highest state rates

As far as inner city rates, the government’s Treatment Episode Data Set tracks substance abuse admissions, and its 2012 report compared rural and urban admission rates for painkiller abuse. Overall, rural painkiller rates are much higher, making up 10.6% of admissions compared to 4% for urban.

Painkiller Abuse among Young Adults

When the inner cities fell into decay, most of its residents had limited access to doctors, the main source for the drug. These days, inner cities are often so expensive that many young people struggle to live there independently, so they must get drugs from other sources. The government’s 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health tracks usage rates to reveal the following facts:

  • First-time rates of painkiller use trailed only marijuana in total 2010
  • The total number of first-time painkiller users was approximately 2 million
  • The average age of first-time use, 21, was the lowest among all prescription drugs

The report also noted that 55% of those surveyed got their prescription painkillers for free from a friend or relative, while only 4.4% bought them from a drug dealer. Tragically, the 2013 Drug Abuse Warning Network report showed hydrocodone was involved in nearly 100,000 emergency room visits for 2011, which means that abusing this drug is a prevalent, serious problem.

Hydrocodone Abuse Treatment

As demonstrated in the reports, hydrocodone abuse remains a growing danger, but professional rehab can administer the following types of treatment:

  • Medically supervised detox with options for a tapered withdrawal
  • Treatment for concurrent mood issues like depression and panic attacks
  • Group counseling to overcome denial and build support
  • Family or marriage counseling to repair strained relationships
  • Individual counseling to address drug use triggers and behavioral issues
  • Holistic treatments for ongoing issues like pain, insomnia and anxiety

Treatment centers exist all over the country and the world, so it does not matter if the addict lives in the farmland, suburbs or inner city. Rehab care is available to all.

Painkiller Addiction Help

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