Iowa, a well-known midwestern state made up of small towns and farmlands, rolling plains, and cornfields, sits between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and has a population of about 3.2 million people. Iowa is right in the middle of a 2017 list of ten least diverse states in the country and is known as the Corn State, although farmers also harvest oats, soybeans, cattle, milk, and calves.
Iowa generally has meager substance abuse rates, especially compared to national rates; however, there are still some causes for concern with alcohol consumption and abuse. According to a 2014 report published out by the Iowa Governor's Office, Iowa has has consistently exceeded national alcohol consumption averages and rates. Among all age groups except twelve to seventeen, recent thirty-day alcohol use in Iowa has exceeded the national rates, and binge-drinking rates are higher in Iowa than the national rates across all age ranges. The state's epidemiological profile suggests Iowa's higher than national rates in alcohol consumption and binge drinking may be due to a lower perceived risk from alcohol consumption. The national-average perceived drinking risk is 50 percent, while it is 36 percent in Iowa.
In Iowa, marijuana is still the most commonly abused illicit drug, with 5 percent of residents ages twelve to seventeen reporting use, significantly lower than the national average of 7 percent of youth in the same age range. As of 2016, Iowa remained well below half of the national rate for opioid overdose deaths, at 6.2 deaths per 100,000 people. Despite Iowa's low overdose death rate, heroin-related deaths from 2012 to 2016 have increased from fourteen to forty-seven. In the same period, deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil rose from thirty-six to fifty-eight.
According to the Office of the Governor of Iowa, 2012 workplace drug tests resulted in more positive results for meth, second only to marijuana. More common in farmland and more isolated rural areas of the nation, meth has been a concern in Iowa. After the height of the meth epidemic in 2004, the instances of meth lab seizures has significantly affected their existence, from over 1500 clandestine labs to 150 so-called "one pot" meth labs. Perhaps as a result of the significant meth lab seizures in Iowa, the 2015 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) shows that alcohol still prevails as the most common primary or secondary substance of abuse among Iowa addiction treatment admissions. The second most common drug of abuse is marijuana, followed by meth.
Iowa addiction treatment options range from counseling to intensive long-term treatment, serving a variety of populations and accepting several different types of payments for services.
Some of the various levels of care available in Iowa include:
Iowa programs welcome and treat individuals from all populations, including:
Payment for addiction treatment in Iowa can be arranged through several sources, which include:
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