Opioid Treatment in South Dakota

Created On Monday, 20, February 2017
Modified On Wednesday, 08, September 2021


When seeking opioid treatment in South Dakota, there are several different options. One might think that all opioid treatment is the same, but there are major differences between facilities and different models of treatment. It's vital that a person select a program that matches their goals. Otherwise, they may reject the help and relapse.

For example, someone who wants their old life back would not benefit much from a program that places people on substitute opioids for life. While they may not need to worry about legal problems anymore, they are still dependent on taking an opioid every day, which alters their mind and furthers their dependence. This may appeal to someone who doesn't really want to get better, but programs like this can be a temptation for disaster for those who genuinely want rehabilitation. The easy way out never works, and they'll need to confront getting off these new opioids or resign to staying dependent for life.

A better fit for many would be a traditional drug and alcohol rehab. Traditional programs have been around for decades and have saved countless lives. An example of traditional rehab includes the twelve-step programs that have become the gold standard over the last few decades. These programs usually average 28 days in length and are inpatient. Many utilize support groups and outpatient treatment so the patient can get continued support after completion.

Maybe the most effective treatment for opioid addiction comes from holistic drug treatment programs. Holistic programs use no unnecessary medications, instead focusing on health and nutrition to combat addiction. They also utilize intensive counseling aimed at addressing the reasons why people begin using drugs. While holistic treatment programs may be longer and more intensive than other forms, the results can definitely be worth it.

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South Dakota Opioid Possession Penalties

Because there are so many different kinds of opioids available to people, and they vary in legality and dangerousness, there is no single penalty for opioid possession.

South Dakota divides opioids into five "Schedules." Schedule I lists the most dangerous opioids, which have a high probability of abuse and addiction, and no recognized medical value. An example of a schedule I opioid is heroin.

Schedules II, III, IV, and V decrease in dangerousness and probability of abuse, and increase in recognized medical uses.

The less dangerous the opioid, the lower the penalty will be according to these schedules. Other factors that could influence this would be the person's criminal history, the amount of opioid possessed, and the circumstances surrounding the charge.

South Dakota Opioid Statistics

In the U.S., there were 67,367 drug overdose deaths reported in 2018, 4.1% fewer deaths than in 2017.

  • The age-adjusted rate declined by 4.6% to 20.7 per 100,000 standard population. The decline followed an increasing trend in the rate from 6.1 in 1999 to 21.7 in 2017.
  • Opioids were involved in 46,802 (a rate of 14.6) overdose deaths in 2018—nearly 70% of all overdose deaths.
  • Deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (including fentanyl and fentanyl analogs) continued to rise with more than 28,400 (a rate of 9.9) overdose deaths in 2018.
  • The number of deaths involving prescription opioids declined to 14,975 (a rate of 4.6) in 2018, and those involving heroin dropped to 14,996 (a rate of 4.7).

In South Dakota, half of all drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018—a total of 28 fatalities (and a rate of 3.5).

In 2018, South Dakota providers wrote 42.6 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons compared to the average U.S. rate of 51.4 prescriptions.

Here is a list of drug detox for opioid addiction in South Dakota. The list can be incomplete, so please do not hesitate to contact one of our treatment specialists at 1-800-304-2219.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.