Down in the South-Central Region of the United States rests the "Lone Star," best known as Texas. It is the second-largest state in the nation and home to over 29 million Texans. The state is so big that Virginia, Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia can fit comfortably within its borders. But the "Jumbo State's" size is not the only thing it's known for. Texas has diverse landscapes, delicious foods, and actual cowboys. The culture, music, and ranches make the southern state a popular tourist destination. Still, many do not know that its residents are in the midst of a severe public health crisis. Before the pandemic, like the rest of the United States, Texas has been battling against drug addiction. In 2014, more than 6,200 people were treated for a Methamphetamine or Amphetamine addiction. Fast forward to today, and substance-abuse treatment inquiries are up 22%, indicating a rise in addictions. According to a study performed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, there is a direct correlation between unemployment rates and fatal Opioid overdoses. The higher the unemployment rates are, the higher Opioid cases rise, but fortunately, there's help. Texas has some of the best addiction treatment centers in the nation. Check out some local facilities.
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