Lakeville lies just 23 miles south of the Twin Cities. I-35 also intersects the community while traveling north to the larger communities. These factors leave Lakeville open to the drug trafficking industry. Drugs make their way into the area via deliveries from the major California cities, Chicago and New York. Recent headlines included reports of a drug bust that involved local individuals who coordinated efforts with individuals from California. Together, the group attempted to bring drugs into the area by shipping them via FedEx. The shipment was intercepted and all responsible were apprehended.
However, the drug problem continues. Drugs might be distributed by individuals, gangs arriving from the larger cities or representatives of organized criminal elements from other regions. In 2013, 507 Minnesota residents died as a result of drug overdoses. In the majority of instances, the drugs involved were prescription pain pills.
Popularity of Opioid Analgesics
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America conduct annual surveys to assess the extent of drug abuse. The study revealed some shocking results. One out of every five teens aged 12 to 18 admitted to experimenting with prescription medications. Forty percent believe prescription medications are safe. Thirty-one percent did not believe that the practice was wrong.
Surprisingly, 29 percent do not believe that prescription medications are addictive. More than 60 percent shared that the drugs are easily obtained by raiding the medicine cabinets in their own homes. However, the popularity of prescription drug use makes the drugs available through illegal drug dealers.
Symptoms of Opioid Abuse
Teens or adults caught in the cycle of opioid analgesic abuse typically display a number of symptoms that include:
- Dulled pain sensation
- Unusual drowsiness
- Unusual elation or euphoria
- Small, constricted pupils
- Complaints of chronic constipation
- Slurred speech
- Appear inebriated
- Mental fog
- Itchy or flushed skin
Help is available for anyone suffering from opioid addiction. Reaching out on behalf of a loved one may save a life.
Is Traveling for Addiction Treatment Right for You?
In many cases, traveling for an addiction treatment is necessary. This is sometimes because negative influences and peer pressure can be difficult to deal with if you go to rehab in the same place where you have had an addiction problem. In most cases, you won't have to travel too far for treatment, but getting out of Lakeville or your hometown may offer you more privacy for treatment.
Additionally, some individuals prefer a more high-end experience during rehabilitation, and in these cases, you may need to travel to find a fitting facility. Faith based or holistic approaches to recovery may only be available in other cities as well
For those individuals who are looking for a low cost treatment center, staying in your home city will likely be the best option because you won't need to pay travel expenses to a far off location, and you will be able to live at home and continue on with work or school. If you are still unsure where to go for treatment, contact us at anytime for more information.