How Nevada is Fighting their Opioid Crisis

A panoramic of Las Vegas does not reveal the state’s drug problem.

There are many ways to assess the depth of the drug problem in Nevada. One important way is looking at whether or not Nevadans are receiving more prescriptions for addictive opioids than the other U.S. States. And they are. Much more.

Across the country, the average number of prescriptions for opioids dispensed per 100 Americans is 66.5 prescriptions. It could be argued that out of 100 Americans, there might not need to be 66.5 prescriptions of addictive medication but that’s a different argument. What would you think of Nevada’s rate of prescribing87.5 prescriptions per 100 Nevadans?

That’s almost one prescription for addictive drugs per person. And since some of those Nevadans are babies or children not receiving any painkiller or Xanax prescriptions, some people are getting far too many pills.

Teens in Nevada also have a higher than average rate of abusing these drugs. This isn’t surprising. An ample supply of drugs always encourages higher levels of use by all age groups.

The Attorney General Gets on Board

In 2017, Attorney General Adam Laxalt was very active in developing ways of fighting this problem. In October, he announced $1.9 million in funding for prevention activities to keep at-risk kids from starting to use drugs, and to install incinerators to destroy drugs that are turned in during drug take-back events. There was also a quarter of a million dollars allocated to purchase naloxone to revive a person who has overdosed on opioids like heroin, OxyContin or fentanyl. At the same time, an investigator was hired by the state to find those doctors who prescribe irresponsibly.

This round of funding did not have any provisions for improving access to treatment, however. To reverse our current epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses, rapid and effective action must take place on three fronts:

  • Enforcement of our laws
  • Preventing those who are not using drugs from ever starting to use them
  • Rehabilitating those who have already become addicted

None of these fronts can be neglected if we are to save as many lives as possible.

How Narconon Caliente is Helping

Narconon Caliente in Nevada.
Narconon Caliente.

At the Narconon drug rehab center in Caliente, Nevada, we work every day to guide those who have wandered away from sobriety so they can make their way back to healthy lives. The Narconon network of rehabilitation centers has more than 50 years of experience helping those addicted to every kind of drug possible. At Narconon Caliente, we can help those addicted to alcohol, stimulants like cocaine or methamphetamine, marijuana or painkillers, among other drugs.

This is a drug-free program, meaning that drugs like methadone or buprenorphine are not part of the recovery. From Narconon, a person can expect to go home completely free from any of the drugs often used in other treatment centers. (Of course, medications for physical illnesses would be taken as prescribed by a physician.)

Narconon Focuses on Teaching Sober Living Skills

The Narconon rehab program takes longer than the typical 30 days of many other rehab programs because it takes most people longer than 30 days to learn the skills they need to maintain sobriety.

For example, a person must learn how to identify those friends or associates who might secretly wish one ill—the person who might urge them to go ahead and smoke the joint so they won’t “miss the fun.” Or who may encourage them to take a drink because they “look a little uptight.” Once they can identify these people, they also need to learn how to protect themselves from any bad effects from being around that type of person.

They also need to learn how to overcome obstacles on the way to a goal. When this skill has been gained, a setback or problem can be faced and overcome. Then there’s no need to “drown one’s sorrows” in a bottle.

These are only two of the many life skills a person gains at a Narconon drug rehabilitation facility.

At the end of our proprietary sauna-based detoxification process, at the end of the life skills training, you have a person who is whole again and who can enjoy the pursuit of a happy life. That’s why drugs and drinks will no longer be needed.

Learn more about the drug-free rehab program at Narconon Caliente.

Call us at (888) 587-9105.



For more than a decade, Karen has been researching and writing about drug trafficking, drug abuse, addiction and recovery. She has also studied and written about policy issues related to drug treatment.