Social Strains in Rural and Urban America and Associated Drug Use

Ertman, Kathryn
Welch, Heather
21.8 million people in the United States have used or abused some form of substance in the past year. It is a growing concern, especially in rural areas. Urban individuals are only 4 percent more likely to engage in substance abuse then their rural counterparts. Drugs are no longer solely the concern of urban areas. They are abused throughout every region in the United States. Rural populations of the United States account for more than any single minority population. Rural areas have been mostly ignored. They should be looked at independently and comprehensively in the context of growing problems. The most compelling problem that affects these areas is drug use. Research shows that various regions have unique problems, especially pertaining to the types of drugs that are most often being used. This paper depicts addicted individuals and also those who only use drugs casually. It includes people of all ages, sexes, and races/ethnicities. It will focus on methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin. Information was gathered from published scholarly articles and governmental databases on the subject. These sources are utilized and compiled in order to analyze the drug problem throughout the United States, region by region.
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