Nebraska seems to struggle most with cheap and addictive drugs, specifically meth. According to law enforcement agencies trying to manage drugs in the state, they say meth has been the top problem since the early 2000s. After crackdowns on local meth labs and production, drug trafficking spiked. Cartels outside the country saw the collapsing production throughout the US and capitalized on this opportunity to drive meth use through increased trafficking.
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UHF (2020) Excessive Drinking in Nebraska. Retrieved on December 18th, 2020 from: https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/ExcessDrink/state/NE
NIH (2020) Nebraska: Opioid-Involved Drug Death and Related Harms. Retrieved on December 18th, 2020 from: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/nebraska-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms
Martha Stoddard (2017) As nation faces opioid epidemic, in Nebraska and Iowa meth is still ‘No. 1 threat’. Retrieved on December 18th, 2020 from: https://omaha.com/news/crime/as-nation-faces-opioid-epidemic-in-nebraska-and-iowa-meth-is-still-the-no-1/article_87acfe3a-4708-5207-9271-3a158dc66ece.html
Michelle Bandurf (2020) ‘We’re going to have overdoses’: Police warn of new, frightening drug trend surfacing. Retrieved on December 18th, 2020 from: https://www.ketv.com/article/were-going-to-have-overdoses-law-enforcement-warning-if-new-drug-trend-surfaces-in-the-metro/30987148#