Missouri ranks within the top 10 states in the country for beef, pork, and soybean production. Agriculture is a huge part of the economy, like in many Midwestern and Southwestern states. Unlike some of its neighbors, Missouri seems to struggle with Opioids. Opioids seemed to damage the coastal parts of the country more so than they did some of the central states, but the introduction of Fentanyl into Missouri’s drug market saw a marked increase in overdose deaths. Missouri’s drug management issues revolve around extremely high rates of illicit substance use. Heroin and prescription Opioid abuse steadily rose throughout the 2010s and peaked in 2018, but a huge spike in Opioid use in 2015 has helped carry overdose deaths to new heights throughout Missouri. Unfortunately, Meth trafficking and use have also risen in the state as more effort is made to cut down on access to Opioids. These drugs, and other substances, are dangerously addictive. If you or someone you love is struggling to combat a substance use disorder, please reach out to local treatment centers for more information and help.
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