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The land of South Dakota has been a muse to many influential thinkers, painters and writers. Our home is inspiring as it is wild, as welcoming as it is challenging, and it is the terrain that teaches South Dakotans to never back down. Perseverance stands out more vigilantly than Mount Rushmore in every community. South Dakota experiences issues with drug abuse, alcoholism and other narcotics. When you or someone you know and love falls under the pressure of chemical dependency, it can be very overwhelming. Luckily, you have found Palm Partners Recovery Center, the best support to have by your side.Call us today and we will create a program that is tailored to individual needs. Palm Partners addiction specialists are available at your disposal.

Data shows that those 18 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – alcohol detox and rehab in South Dakota. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help:605-299-1401. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.

What you should know

Alcohol is a severe problem. In addition, Interstate 90, running east and west through South Dakota, has become a main transportation route for Hispanic poly-drug traffickers. Based in the Northwest, they travel to metropolitan areas in the East and return west using the same route with drug proceeds.

Compared to other states

  • Illicit drugs overall – low for those 18 and older
  • Alcohol – among the highest for those 18 and older
  • Marijuana – moderately low for those 18-25, low for those 26 and older
  • Pharmaceuticals – low for those 18 and older
  • Cocaine – low for those 18 and older

Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A closer look


A very significant problem.


Most abused drug. Large quantities of marijuana are transported into the state from the Southwest Border, Colorado, California and Washington. Smaller amounts are also shipped via mail services or bought from Hispanics in Sioux City. Indoor grow operations are in Sioux Falls.


On the rise, especially ice. The availability of Mexican meth continues to increase throughout South Dakota. Mexican drug traffickers are blending in with growing Hispanic communities in meatpacking towns that are becoming transshipment hubs and consumer markets. While meth in Rapid City is from Denver and the Southwest, meth in Sioux Falls is from Minneapolis.


Increasing in availability, including crack. Sources are organizations and individuals in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Sioux City. An area of concern is the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the southwestern part of the state.


OxyContin a growing problem. Also a threat are hydrocodone products, codeine, Darvocet-N and benzodiazepines. Sources are “doctor shopping,” forged prescriptions and phony call-ins.


Limited availability for personal use only.

Club drugs

Limited but increasing. MDMA (Ecstasy) is not seen very much in eastern South Dakota, but is more readily available in western parts of the state. LSD is also not seen very much.

Percentage of South Dakota population using/abusing drugs

AGE1 18+
Past Month Illicit Drug Use2 6.56
Past Year Marijuana Use 8.21
Past Month Marijuana Use 5.25
Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2 2.40
Past Year Cocaine Use 1.79
Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use 3.24
Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3 37.51
Past Month Alcohol Use 62.16
Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4 30.26
Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3 35.59
Illicit Drug Dependence2 1.33
Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 1.93
Alcohol Dependence 3.65
Alcohol Dependence or Abuse 9.88
Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 10.43
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6 1.77
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6 9.40
Serious psychological distress 10.13
Having at least one major depressive episode7 6.28

1 Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.

2 Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.

3 When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.

4 Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.

5 Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

6 Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.

7 Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.

Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.

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