Nebraska ranks No. 2 in the best equipped and most prepared states for an opioid epidemic, according to recent study.
The study was conducted by ValuePenguin. It found that Nebraska has one of the lowest rates of opioid deaths — 3 per 100,000 residents, as well as one of the highest amounts of treatment centers — 6 per 100,000 residents.
This means, on average, there are 0.5 deaths per treatment center; one of the lowest for any state in the nation.
On the other hand, Ohio has the highest ratio of opioid deaths to substance abuse treatment centers, 200% greater than the national average.
The number of opioid overdose deaths in the District of Columbia increased by nearly 700% from 2008-17.
States that are most prepared to address the opioid epidemic have 3 deaths or less per 100,000 residents and double or triple the treatment centers per 100,000 residents.
In addition to changing the way that physicians prescribe painkillers and educating the public about the dangers of these drugs, one of the keys to preventing further opioid deaths is ensuring that those who suffer from opioid addictions seek further treatment in a proper facility, said Nadia Gonzalez of Lending Tree, in announcing the findings of the study.