Rural Meth Use
A study released in May of 2000 by the National Institute of Justice shows that methamphetamine use in some rural areas of Nebraska is just as widespread as, or even more prevalent than, it is in Omaha.
The Nebraska study was the first time anonymous voluntary drug testing results of arrests from rural populations were compared with those of an urban area.
The study was conducted by a new Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) outreach project design to examine rural meth use. For years the ADAM project surveys have been collecting data on drug use among arrestees in urban areas. The city of Omaha, which is in Douglas County, has participated in the project for the last few years.
The study compared data that was collected in October and November of 1998. People who were arrested in Dawson, Hall, Madison and Scotts Bluff County was compared with that of arrests in Douglas County.
Compared to the city of Omaha methamphetamine use in Scotts Bluff County was lower and in Madison County it was essentially the same. Dawson and Hall Counties use of meth appeared to be higher.