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Some 198,682 people live in the city of Des Moines, Iowa. It is found in Polk County and it is around 123.1 miles from Omaha and 105.2 miles from Cedar Rapids. During the 1990s, there was a small increase of around 3% in population. However, over the past few years, its population has been declining. Des Moines is a relatively peaceful and safe town. In 2003, statistics showed that, while the levels of property crimes were above the state average, levels of violent crimes were lower. Despite this, however, there is a significant concern about drug and alcohol abuse in the city, one that public officials are working very hard to address.


Statistics on Substance Abuse in Des Moines, IA


The statistics on substance abuse in Des Moines are quite interesting. They include the fact that:


  • 18.4% of young adult males smoke cigars, compared to 5.8% of women.
  • Cigar smoking is proving to be very popular among young people, with 14.5% of people aged between 18 and 19 smoking them, compared to just 8.5% of people aged between 24 and 24.
  • 65.1% of men who smoke cigars also smoke cigarettes, compared to 69.2% of women.
  • In the population group of 12 to 17, more men (9.2%) than women (8.2%) smoke. While this is still worrisome, it represents a decrease from previous counts (12.3% and 13.6% respectively).
  • 6.8% of people in Des Moines admit to binge drinking, which is a significant concern.


A further study was conducted in 2013 to determine what the most abused substances were among the population. It was found that opioids (including heroin), stimulants (including meth), and depressants were the most abused substances. One of the particularly concerning issues is that many residents of Des Moines are prescribed opioid painkillers, which is leading to them developing an addiction later on. As such, various intervention measures have been put in place to reduce the number of prescriptions.


While the levels of violent crimes are quite low, the levels of property crime are higher than the state average. A positive correlation has been identified between this and substance abuse. As a result, Des Moines has instated drug court programs. Here, those who have an addiction or other substance abuse problem are ordered to seek treatment through detox and rehab centers. Uniquely, Des Moines is one of the few parts of the country that sometimes orders offenders to attend residential rehab, rather than outpatient rehab. Later on, those who graduate from the programs have their criminal convictions quashed.


People in Des Moines are regularly signposted to the various treatment facilities that exist in or near the city. Inpatient and outpatient facilities are available, and there is also a strong aftercare support network in place. This ensures that people who go through the process of detox and a period of rehabilitation, are provided with ongoing counseling, peer support, sober living facilities, and access to 12 step programs. In so doing, the city aims to lower its rates of relapse.

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Drug Facts

  • Heroin is highly addictive and withdrawal extremely painful.
  • 2.6 million people with addictions have a dependence on both alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Alcohol blocks messages trying to get to the brain, altering a person's vision, perception, movements, emotions and hearing.
  • Women suffer more memory loss and brain damage than men do who drink the same amount of alcohol for the same period of time.
  • Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing.
  • Heroin usemore than doubledamong young adults ages 1825 in the past decade.
  • Benzodiazepines are usually swallowed. Some people also inject and snort them.
  • Getting blackout drunk doesn't actually make you forget: the brain temporarily loses the ability to make memories.
  • Over 60% of deaths from drug overdoses are accredited to prescription drugs.
  • Over 6.1 Million Americans have abused prescription medication within the last month.
  • Gases can be medical products or household items or commercial products.
  • In 2011, non-medical use of Alprazolam resulted in 123,744 emergency room visits.
  • Smoking crack allows it to reach the brain more quickly and thus brings an intense and immediatebut very short-livedhigh that lasts about fifteen minutes.
  • Approximately 28% of Utah adults 18-25 indicated binge drinking in the past months of 2006.
  • Nearly one third of mushroom users reported heightened levels of anxiety.
  • Ecstasy can cause you to dehydrate.
  • 1 in 10 high school students has reported abusing barbiturates
  • 1/3 of teenagers who live in states with medical marijuana laws get their pot from other people's prescriptions.
  • In 2010, 42,274 emergency rooms visits were due to Ambien.

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