As a national opioid crisis spreads across the United States, often the small towns experience the worst suffering. Our nations Why are our Midwest communities seemingly the hardest hit? There are some inherent attributes of these communities that expose them to the harsher side of the opioid crisis.
Many small communities deal with rural demographic and budgetary constraints that expose them even more than urban areas. While the urban communities in the Midwest still report disheartening statistics, small towns by their nature, have an exaggerated rate of opioid addictions.
There is always the insinuation that rural communities have fewer opportunities available for America’s youth. While this may open a portal for addictive behavior, more often the core cause is an educational ignorance about drug abuse. Sometimes these communities exhibit an unhealthy degree of denial.
Drug abuse for decades, has consistently carried a dark reference. For this reason, many influential people in small towns turn a blind eye to the obvious. The recent opioid epidemic has uncovered the reality of drug addiction. As the scourge of opioid abuse has infiltrated sleepy little rural Midwest communities, it has reached into the homes of the more affluent.
Beyond the tendency to avoid the stigma of drug addiction, these rural communities are frequently cash strapped at the governmental level. The mental health options are frequently poor, if available at all. Treatment alternatives are under financed and sorely understaffed.
Without any structure to recover, opioid addicts are left to fend for themselves. The results are obvious. Supported by utterly abysmal statistical evidence, these small Midwest communities continue to be some of the hardest hit by the opioid crisis.
While many seem to have an opinion about the cause, few present answers to solve the problem and heal these communities. The solution begins with acceptance, and only then can any solution produce results. Until then, the opioid crisis will continue to be a national epidemic that seems to rock the small Midwest communities the hardest.