Drug Rehabs in Southaven, MS

Southaven is the third-largest city in Mississippi. Southaven is located in DeSoto County and has a population of about 49,000 people. DeSoto County is a battleground for the nationwide heroin crisis. Fortunately, there are recovery centers in Southaven and throughout Mississippi where people can get treatment and overcome addiction.






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    The Opioid and Heroin Crisis in Southaven

    Heroin has inflicted terrible costs on Southaven. In recent years, DeSoto County has suffered more deaths from heroin and other opioids than any other county in Mississippi, a state where the opioid epidemic has already claimed many lives. Mississippi suffers an average opioid death rate of about 12 fatal overdoses per 100,000 people every year. In 2017, opioids caused 211 deaths in Mississippi. That same year, there were between 8 and 38 fatal overdoses in DeSoto County. The significant opioid problems in Southaven are likely the result of the city’s proximity to Memphis, Tennessee, the county seat of Shelby County, where opioid-related deaths have surged in the past ten years.

    It’s an overwhelming and a terrifying trend. We’re seeing people that are having to be resuscitated and some having to lose their life over the addiction to the opiates. Our Southaven EMS team responds to these life-threatening calls now almost daily.

    - Darren Musselwhite, Mayor of Southaven

    The opioid epidemic is Southaven is primarily a result of prescription opioids. In 2017, doctors in Mississippi wrote 92.9 opioid prescriptions per every 100 people. Many people become addicted to opioids when they misuse prescription painkillers or share them with their family and friends.

    About 5% of people who misuse prescription opioids will try heroin, which is illegal and highly dangerous. About 20% of the opioid-related deaths in Southaven and Mississippi in 2017 involved heroin. Another 47% involved natural opioids, especially hydrocodone and oxycodone. However, from 2016 to 2017, deaths involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids increased by 20%. Drug traffickers in Southaven and throughout Mississippi often lace fentanyl into heroin to create more powerful and addictive products. Unfortunately, this tactic also increases the risks of overdose for ordinary Mississippians.

    How Is Southaven Responding to this Crisis?

    The authorities in Southaven and DeSoto County have been leading an effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses in their community. First and foremost, police in Southaven have begun to carry Narcan, a medication which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, and Southaven pharmacies have started to sell Narcan without requiring a prescription. The city government has also organized awareness events to educate the people of Southaven about the signs and dangers of opioid abuse. On the state level, Mississippi now requires doctors to perform drug tests on patients before prescribing them opioid painkillers as well as other potentially addictive medications, such as Xanax. These measures will hopefully prevent more cases of addiction and save lives.

    Southaven and Other Drugs

    From 2011 to 2017, there were a total of 156 drug overdoses in Southaven and DeSoto County. These overdoses involved cocaine, methamphetamine, hallucinogens, and other drugs in addition to opioids. While opioids and heroin are the most threatening drugs to Southaven, drug traffickers have carried other drugs into the city as well. For example, police in Southaven arrested 11 members of a meth trafficking conspiracy in 2016. Two years later, the police arrested nine people throughout northern Mississippi who were working together to distribute meth and crack cocaine. As a large city in the Greater Memphis Area, Southaven remains a destination for criminals who are looking for a large customer base for illegal drugs.

    Find Help Today

    Although Southaven faces challenges with opioid addiction and illegal drugs, there are a variety of treatment centers and support groups in the city and throughout Mississippi for anyone who wants to get help with reclaiming their life. Drug addiction shows no mercy and requires treatment. If you or someone you know in Southaven needs help with conquering addiction to drugs or alcohol, please contact a dedicated treatment professional today to get answers to your questions and learn about rehab centers which may be right for you.

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      West Tennessee Area of NAPO Box 111105
      Memphis, TN 38111

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      Le Moyne-Owen College

      The counselors at The LeMoyne-Owen College have the responsibilities that are each internal and external to the Counseling Center. The Counseling Center provides a holistic set of interconnected services, activities and recommendation, which concentrate on the holistic development of our students. Counseling is a developing procedure through which students are helped to outline their objectives, build selections, and solve issues concerning personal, social, and educational considerations.

      837 Saxon Avenue
      Memphis TN 38126

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      Christian Brothers University

      The essential mission of the Counseling Center is to help students in achieving individual and academic objectives by offering chances to help and upgrade self-improvement and advancement of the entire individual particularly in enthusiastic, social, physical, and academic domains.

      650 East Parkway South Memphis
      Tennessee 38104

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      Lambuth University

      At the UofM we are having the Counseling Center, where free counseling, wellbeing, and medicine services will build a large distinction in your semester. We’ll do everything potential to seize away that feeling of being inundated and assist you get a firm handle on emotional, psychological, and/or social issues.

      TN 38152

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      Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences

      Individual counseling services are offered by Baptist College to help you in numerous parts of your life, including overseeing stress, changing in accordance with academic life, relationship issues, creating critical thinking methodologies, basic leadership, emergency intercession, and different issues of worry that could meddle with your academic achievement.

      1003 Monroe Ave.
      Memphis, TN 38104

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      William Moore College of Technology

      Our college has established an Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Abuse Prevention Program. The AOD program includes Institutional Policy, Listing of local counseling, Rehabilitation, Rules of Student conduct. There are assistance programs, Legal Sanctions, Health Warning, notice of Institutional biennial review, and Drug Conviction & Title IV Financial Aid Eligibility.

      1200 Poplar Avenue
      Memphis, TN 38104


      Memphis College of Art

      Any students can contact Director of Student Life or the Vice President for Student Affairs if they require any sort of individual counseling or psychiatrically recommendation. We will refer you to counseling centers close to MCA that charge on a wage schedule supported financial gain. This can be particularly useful to students without insurance.

      1930 Poplar Avenue
      Overton Park, Memphis, TN 38104

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      Rhodes College

      The Student Counseling Center gives free and private individual counseling for all Rhodes students. Couples and Family advising are likewise accessible. Counseling sessions are free of cost, and what you discuss with your advocate does not turn out to be a piece of your college record

      2000 North Parkway
      Memphis, TN 38112

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      Southwest Tennessee Community College

      A licensed clinical social worker and a fully-staffed higher education Psychological Services Center provides a a full-time, on-campus Mental Health Counselor with access to contract counseling services in Southwest Counseling Services as their current staff. Practicum students (psychology, counseling, and/or social work) is our extended staff employeed to assist students with their counseling needs supervised by our full-time Mental Health Counselor

      5983 Macon Cove
      Memphis, TN 38134

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