Substance abuse has long been perceived to be a problem of the inner city. However, alcohol abuse is also a problem in rural areas and illicit drugs have infiltrated towns of every size. Today, adults and young teens in rural areas are just as likely to abuse substances as those in larger metropolitan areas. The problems may be the same, but smaller communities have limited resources to deal with the consequences of substance abuse.
Factors contributing to substance abuse in rural America include poverty, unemployment, underemployment and the isolation of rural areas. Substance abuse results in crime including buying and selling drugs, driving while intoxicated, and disorderly conduct, as well as poor grades in school and other serious complications. Substances abused include, but are not limited to, alcohol, drugs, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and cigarettes.
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, substance abuse dependence for persons 12 years or older (unless age is otherwise noted) varied by geographic area:
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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Call
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Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines
Reaches professionals in every state that work to help in cessation efforts of tobacco users. Call 800.QUIT.NOW (800.784.8669) / TTY 800.332.8615
SAMSHA's Substance Abuse Treatment Locator
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There are more organizations related to Substance Abuse in the organizations section.
Last Reviewed: 8/21/2013