Nevada is a state dominated by desert and mountainous landscapes. The government used the swaths of undeveloped and uninhabited land to test nuclear weapons during and after WWII. What relatively small portions of the state are inhabited rely largely on tourism. Las Vegas is the largest city in the state and is built around drawing in people to spend money, either on goods or gambling. The state has seen some increases in tourism based around outdoor athletes who want to ride around the desert or climb the rocky terrain, but Las Vegas is the primary draw. Like many states entering the 2020s, Nevada’s Opioid use has begun to fall. Unlike many other states the most popular Opioid continues to be prescription pills. The cheap and widely available Fentanyl took the top spot in most other states, but prescription Opioids continue to dominate use in Nevada. Overall, Opioid use is going down slowly, and as it shrinks, a vacuum is left and authorities worry that stimulants could explode to fill that space. Meth and prescription Amphetamine use are both increasing drastically, which is a trend that seems to be replicating throughout many states that are finally driving Opioid use down. Keeping a diligent eye on substance use is important for statewide agencies and individuals alike. If you or someone you know are struggling with substance use, there are options near you for treatment and information.
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