Drug Rehabs in Columbia, MO

Columbia is the fastest-growing and fourth most populous city in Missouri and the center of Boone County. The opioid epidemic and meth production are two major problems for Columbia and many Boone County residents are living with drug addiction. Fortunately, there are recovery options available to anyone who is struggling with addiction who wants to improve their life.

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    The Opioid Epidemic in Columbia, Missouri

    Substance abuse has inflicted a heavy toll on Columbia and all of Missouri. From 2001 to 2016, the rate of deaths caused by overdoses on illegal drugs rose by 243%. Opioids, especially heroin, fentanyl, and fentanyl analogs, were involved in 70% of the fatal overdoses.

    Fentanyl is an opioid which is even more potent or more lethal than heroin. In 2017, about 950 people in Missouri lost their lives to opioids. The opioid epidemic has arisen from the prescription of addictive painkillers. In 2015, a year when 672 Missourians suffered a fatal opioid overdose, doctors and pharmacists in Missouri issued 5.2 million painkiller prescriptions. In Columbia and Boone County, according to the Missouri Department of Health, 51 people died from an opioid overdose over the course of four years, from 2013 to 2017. By March 2018, opioids claimed an additional three lives in Boone County.

    Methamphetamine Production in Columbia

    Until recently, Missouri had the highest rates of methamphetamine production in the United States. Missouri is no longer the “capital of meth production” thanks to restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine, the drug which meth manufacturers use to create their dangerous and illegal product. However, meth production in Missouri persists and the state has begun to suffer an influx of meth which traffickers import from other states and from Mexico. Meth abuse is becoming more prevalent in Boone County, and police in Columbia are working diligently to arrest meth traffickers and confiscate their supply. In 2018, Columbia police arrested one man who was carrying 251 grams of meth worth $25,000.

    What is Columbia Doing to Fight Substance Abuse?

    The city of Columbia has adopted several important measures to help residents who are addicted to opioids or other drugs. In 2017, Columbia set up a prescription drug monitoring program. In Boone County, jails are beginning to provide doses of Naloxone (also known as Narcan) to inmates who are living with addiction upon release. Naloxone is a medication which reverses the effects of opioid overdose and has saved the lives of 1,087 people in Missouri since late 2016. Police officers and firefighters in Columbia now carry Naloxone. Additionally, Columbia has sponsored Prescription Drug Take Back Events where Boone County residents can safely relinquish dangerous opioids to the police. At one such event in 2018, Columbia police gathered 826 pounds of prescription opioids in two days. There are also drug courts in Boone County which help addicted residents begin to live a drug-free life. Boone County drug courts have helped more than 650 county residents achieve their recovery.

    Finding Help in Columbia

    There is hope in Columbia for people who are trying to overcome substance abuse. If you or someone you know is trying to start a new life without addiction, contact a dedicated treatment provider today to get answers about the first steps to recovery.

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      Mid-Missouri AreaPO Box 1364
      Columbia, MO 65205

      College Programs

      The Stephens College Counseling Center

      Stephens College

      Counseling Center provides a different kinds of counseling services to full-time students at Stephens College. The services include involvement of the student and the counselor working on their personal issues. Different kind of services offered are individual counseling, group counseling as well as crisis intervention.

      1200 E. Broadway
      Columbia, MO 65215

      MU Counseling Center

      University of Missouri-Columbia

      The Counseling Psychology program’s main goal is to prepare counseling psychology influential, who will change nearby, national, and universal communities by decreasing social disparities through grant, practice, and backing. Established in a researcher professional model, students build up these skills inside a socially various learning group supported by solid, individualized mentorship with personnel. The program intends to get ready counseling psychologists to work in scholarly and connected settings (a) to think fundamentally and to apply logical based practices, (b) to advance social equity, (c) who are moral and socially capable, and (d) who keep on becoming mindful and aware of individual power and benefit.

      MO 65211

      Counseling & Health Services

      William Woods University

      The counselor is available to act as a referral for community resources and to consult about mental health issues on campus, in addition. Services are provided to full time traditional students. The counselor provides individual and group counseling, and programming on mental health topics. Students will need health insurance to cover the costs of prescription medication and any health or counseling services which are not offered at William Woods University. Counseling and Health Services does not bill private insurance for any services provided. Students are strongly encouraged to have private health insurance.

      William Woods University
      One University Avenue, Fulton, MO 65251

      Counseling Center

      Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

      Even though upir college life is exciting with lot of new experiences, the demands aren’t always easy. The Counseling Center is a secured and safe place where you can go for support. A licensed and professional counselor will assist you work through interpersonal and emotional free of cost.

      411 Central Methodist Square
      Fayette, MO 65248

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