It’s the state famous for its cheese, to the point that Wisconsinites have been nicknamed “cheeseheads” and don foam wedges of cheese on their heads, but there’s more to Wisconsin than their quirky love for dairy.
Whether they’re rooting for the Green Bay Packers or gazing at the gorgeous Dells of the Wisconsin River, the people of Wisconsin have been known to an optimistic bunch, ready to celebrate at a moment’s notice. They throw snowmobile derbies, hold one the largest music festivals in the country: Summerfest (since 1999!), and drool over deep-fried cheese curds while cracking open a cold can of their famous Milwaukee beers, Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Yet, while the “Badger State” is known for holding their beer, binge drinking culture greatly affects Wisconisites each year. Wisconsin has been consistently above the national average for alcohol abuse and dependence since 2008: 10 percent above the national rate of alcohol consumption (63 percent to 53 percent), 1.2 times the national rate for arrests for operating while intoxicated (OWI), and three times the national rate for liquor law violations arrests.
As such, Wisconsin has been making greater efforts to tackle alcohol abuse and addiction. If you’re interested in receiving alcohol or drug treatment or would like to learn more about the rehab process, call our 24-hour helpline at (855) 619-8070, and one of our agents will assist you right away.
While Wisconsin’s alcohol abuse rates have been consistently above average compared with the nation, drug use has been increasing since 2010, which shows similar trends as national data. Drug-related deaths increased from 2010 to 2015, with the most prevalent category of drugs found in overdoses being opioids, followed by heroin and benzodiazepines.
Some substances commonly abused in Wisconsin are:
In 2015, alcohol was the causal factor for at least 2,008 deaths and 2,907 motor vehicle crash injuries in Wisconsin. Wisconsinites’ affinity for binge drinking has also led to higher rates for alcoholic liver cirrhosis, cancer, and other diseases developed by chronic excessive alcohol use.
Alcohol-related deaths due to falling have also exceeded deaths by alcoholic liver cirrhosis in Wisconsin, with 429 deaths reported in 2015. About 85 percent of fall-related deaths induced by alcohol occur in the age group of 65 and older.
Much like the rest of the country, Wisconsin is also battling a heroin and prescription opioid addiction. Heroin-related deaths increased from five percent in 2006 to 33 percent in 2014. This goes parallel with national trends of heroin use increasing 34 percent from 2012 to 2014.
In 2013, prescriptions opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone contributed to 45 percent of drug overdose deaths in Wisconsin while heroin contributed to 27 percent. The state began administering Narcan, or naloxone, kits to pharmacies to distribute to those in need without a prescription necessary. To show the comparison: Wisconsin distributed 1,210 Narcan kits in 2008, 3,487 kits in 2011, and 4,651 kits in 2014. Narcan has been a lifesaving drug for people and is used by first responders in the events of an opiate overdose.
FIND THE BEST WISCONSIN DRUG REHABS FOR YOU
There are many different types of Wisconsin drug rehabs offered. Look out for:
WISCONSIN SUBSTANCE STATISTICS
In 2015, there were 873 drug-related deaths in Wisconsin.
Heroin-related deaths in Wisconsin increased from 5% in 2006 to 33% in 2014.
In 2014, drugs accounted for 21 percent of all motor vehicle injuries in Wisconsin.
Rates for alcohol abuse have been higher in Wisconsin than the national average since 2008.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL OUT TO WISCONSIN FOR DRUG TREATMENT
Traveling to a Wisconsin drug rehab can be a daunting challenge to take on, especially for people who have never left their hometown, let alone their state. Yet, one of the best things you can do to begin your recovery is to start off on a clean slate in a new place to really blossom into the new you.
Here are just a few reasons why going to one of the many Wyoming drug rehabs will be the best decision of your life: