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There are approximately 1,710,188 people that currently reside in Nebraska as of 2010. Drug and alcohol abuse in is a growing problem.
Alcohol Abuse in Nebraska
Out of the 1,710,188 people residing in Nebraska, 786,686 do not consume alcohol and 461,751 report that they drink alcohol once a week or less. So, 1,231,335 people in Nebraska do not drink at a level that would be considered unhealthy or abusive. However, 427,547 people in Nebraska drink enough alcohol on a regular basis to be considered abusers of alcohol.
Getting yourself or someone you love into an alcohol treatment center is vital to recovering from alcohol abuse. There are 75,000 alcohol related deaths each year with an annual economic cost of 184 billion dollars.
Studies on the effects of alcohol advertising on adults in the state of Nebraska do not show a strong connection between alcohol advertisements and alcohol consumption. However, studies on the effects of alcohol advertising consistently indicate that children in that are exposed to these types of advertisements are more likely to have a favorable attitude toward drinking alcohol and are more likely to become underage drinkers and communicate the intention to most likely drink as an adult.
Drug Abuse Statistics in
Approximately 160,758 people in Nebraska abuse some type of illegal drug.
A breakdown of this percentage shows the following:
With such a large number of people in Nebraska abusing drugs or alcohol, it is critical to help these individuals get into some type of drug or alcohol treatment program. Addictionca.com provides a wide range of information on all types of drug and alcohol facilities in . If you need further information, you can call and speak to one of our registered drug counselors for assistance in finding a drug and/or alcohol treatment facility. These services are provided free of charge and the call is toll-free.
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Nebraska State Facts
Nebraska Population: 1,710,188
Law Enforcement Officers in Nebraska: 3,694
Nebraska Prison Population: 6,600
Nebraska Probation Population: 20,847
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 32
2004 Federal Drug Seizures in Nebraska
Cocaine: 35.7 kgs.
Heroin: 0.0 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 6.3 kgs.
Marijuana: 0.9 kgs.
Ecstasy: 0 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 65 (DEA, state, and local)
Nebraska Drug Situation: Methamphetamine is the major concern for law enforcement within the state of Nebraska. Nebraska continues to be a transshipment state for Mexican methamphetamine with Interstate 80 providing easy west to east access across the state. Nebraska has over 165 meat-packing/poultry plants and 55,000 farms statewide. The number of Hispanic workers, both legal and illegal, have nearly tripled in the last 10 years, and Hispanic children currently represent the largest minority student population in the state. While most are honest and hard working, this rapid growth has allowed drug trafficking organizations with ties to Mexico to more easily blend into the community.
Cocaine in Nebraska: Cocaine is predominantly controlled by Hispanic trafficking organizations, many from Mexico. Cocaine is transported via car, parcel package and body carriers from Mexico via El Paso, Texas. Cocaine is available at both the wholesale and retail level. Crack cocaine is a serious problem in the large urban centers of Nebraska.
Heroin in Nebraska: Heroin is available in small amounts in the Omaha, Nebraska area. While not considered a drug of choice in Nebraska, some Hispanic trafficking organizations are poly-drug and have heroin available for consumer use.Methamphetamine in Nebraska: Methamphetamine is the greatest drug threat to the state, and is available in almost every town and community. Hispanic drug trafficking organizations are flooding most Hispanic communities with methamphetamine from the southwestern border region of the United States. Methamphetamine produced in clandestine labs is also readily available in many communities. With the vast amount of farms across the state and limited law enforcement resources, this area is prime for exploitation. The Omaha Metropolitan area has seen an increase in the availability of crystal methamphetamine or “ice.”
Predatory Drugs in Nebraska: The popularity of predatory or club drugs continues to be a concern to law enforcement and to local communities. There is a perception among users that these drugs are "safe" to use. Preliminary investigations show organizations in Nebraska have been receiving multi-hundred to thousand dosage units of MDMA (Ecstasy) from Florida and Arizona. Efforts are currently underway to link investigations of mid-level distributors and "Rave" parties.
Marijuana in Nebraska: Marijuana is the most prevalent illicit drug in Nebraska. Domestic production of both outdoor and hydroponic indoor grows have been steady with many seizures netting upwards of 500 plants. Marijuana produced outside of Nebraska and transported into the state is controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organizations at the wholesale level. At the retail level, independent dealers, outlaw motorcycle gangs, street gangs, Native Americans, and Mexican groups share equally in the retail market.
Other Drugs in Nebraska: OxyContin is widely available throughout Nebraska. Stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, anabolic steroids and illegally diverted pharmaceuticals are abused to a much lesser degree than the more traditional drugs in Nebraska.
DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams: This cooperative program with state and local law enforcement counterparts was conceived in 1995 in response to the overwhelming problem of drug-related violent crime in towns and cities across the nation. There have been 409 deployments completed resulting in 16,763 arrests of violent drug criminals as of February 2004. There has been one MET deployment in the State of Nebraska since the inception of the program, in Lexington.
DEA Regional Enforcement Teams: This program was designed to augment existing DEA division resources by targeting drug organizations operating in the United States where there is a lack of sufficient local drug law enforcement. This Program was conceived in 1999 in response to the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations that have established networks of cells to conduct drug trafficking operations in smaller, non-traditional trafficking locations in the United States. Nationwide, there have been 22 deployments completed resulting in 608 arrests of drug trafficking criminals as of February 2004. There has been one RET deployment in the State of Nebraska since the inception of the program, in Omaha.
DEA Special Topics: Interstate 80 crosses Nebraska from east to west and serves as a major smuggling route for drug trafficking organizations. During FY2003, Operation Pipeline highway interdictions in the state of Nebraska led to seizures including approximately 42.5 kilograms of cocaine, 1.5 kilograms of heroin, 450 pounds of marijuana, 24 pounds of methamphetamine and $850,000 U.S. currency.
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