Wisconsin State Laws for Substance Abuse Treatment
Wisconsin Rehab and Recovery Resources
Wisconsin Employee Rights in Rehab
Applying for Disability in Wisconsin
As a resident of Wisconsin, if you are not in a position to work for at least one year, you qualify for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability benefits (SSD). You may also qualify for the Social Security Disability benefits if you have been working and remitting a portion of your income into the Social Security system. On the other hand, if you have no work or have not earned any income in the past, you could still qualify for SSI.
How to File for Social Security Disability in Wisconsin
Both SSI and Social Security disability are managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA is a federal agency that offers residents in Wisconsin to apply for disability funding. Here are ways through which a person can apply for disability benefits:
- You can apply for the benefits in person by visiting any SSA branch. To find an SSA office near you, check the SSA office locator.
- You can also contact SSA on the number 800-772-1213 and apply for the disability benefits. Alternatively, you can book an appointment with a specialist.
- Lastly, you can apply for Social Security disability at www.ssa.gov (this option is not available for SSI applicants).
Wisconsin Drug Statistics
In 2010, over 15000 residents who were dependent on alcohol, entered rehab. An extra 6000 people who entered rehab, combined alcohol with other drugs
Abuse of Illegal Substances in Wisconsin
- Individuals from age of 18 to 25 are likely to show illegal drug dependence or abuse. As of 2014, there were more than 25,200 drug-related arrests, with 12% of these arrests being juveniles’ cases.
- Study research conducted in 2013/2014 found that 7% of teenagers from the age of 11 to 17 acknowledged being using marijuana in the past 30 days.
- Those between the ages of 18 and 25, accounted for 17% of marijuana users in the past 30 days. 5% of people aged 26 and above reported being using marijuana in the past month.
- 31% of high school students agreed to have used marijuana at least once in their lives.
- Other than marijuana, abuse of other illegal substance was 3% for people aged 26 and above, 7% for those between the age of 18-25, and 5% for teenagers aged 12-17 years.
Drug Abuse in Wisconsin
Wisconsin is one of the largest states in the US. The state is characterized by lakes and forest and is famously known for its prowess in agriculture and manufacturing industries. Even with the accolades, Wisconsin drug addiction is on the rise in Wisconsin. It is a major social, health, economic problem that the country is fighting against.
According to Wisconsin drug statistics, the state has approximately 390,000 drug abusers. Wisconsin’s Department of Health and Human Services reported that drug abuse is the 4th cause of death in the state.
Wisconsin Drug Addiction Rates
The number of substance abusers in the United States is staggering. As of 2015, more than 52,000 Americans died from substance abuse. Today, millions of Americans continue to abuse drugs and many more are perishing.
The US federal government acknowledges the problem and so are most state governments. Their joint effort is to fight the crisis through the enactment of strict drug laws and the introduction of facilities such as Maine opiate rehab centers. Sadly, the rate at which the problem escalates is faster than the rate at which the measures in place combat it.
This is a countrywide epidemic, although some states face more problems than others. Wisconsin has the highest number of alcohol abusers in the US. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says 23% of all adults in the state are alcoholics.
Heroin Laws in Wisconsin
Drug laws vary from one state to another. For the state of Wisconsin, here are the provisions:
- 3 grams and below falls under class F felony, 3 and 10 grams fall in class E felony, class D felony is for 10 and 50 grams, while 50 grams and above, class C felony. Selling heroin with 1000 feet of a school attracts a jail term of 3 years with no parole while selling the drug to minors attracts double penalties.
Illegal substances such as heroin are controlled by both the state and the federal government. Cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, trafficking, or even simple possession of heroin can land a person in jail. However, prosecutors can negotiate sentences to lower-level offenders in exchange for information or agreeing to enter Wisconsin heroin rehab, but many drug convictions carry serious penalties such as heavy fines and long prison time.
Possession of heroin in Wisconsin attracts very heavy penalties- from 6 months to 30 years in prison. Fines can tally up to $100,000, although penalties depend on the amount of heroin a person is caught with, criminal history, and the location of the crime.
Recently, Wisconsin has introduced the Drug Courts that are designed to give first and second drug offenders a chance to enter Wisconsin heroin rehab to avoid jail sentences.
Marijuana Laws in Wisconsin
Wisconsin introduced the first medical cannabis law in 2014. However, the laws were in favor of only a small class of society. The CBD-only bill (AB 726) was eligible only to patients diagnosed with a seizure disorder.
It is a felony to sell marijuana in Wisconsin. The penalty depends on the amount of marijuana sold, cultivated or sold. The more the amount you have, the more severe prison terms are likely to be. If you possess 200 grams of marijuana or less, you could face a jail term of up to 4 years and a fine of $10,000. If you are caught with marijuana weighing 200 – 1000 grams, you could be jailed up to six years and pay $10,000 worth of fines. If you are caught with 1000 – 2500 grams of marijuana, you could face up to 10 years in prison and pay up to $25000 worth of fines. If you are in possession of between 2500 and 10,000 grams of marijuana, you may be jailed up to 13 years and pay a fine worth $25000. Having more than 10,000 grams of marijuana could land you up to 15 years in jail and a fine of $25000.
The law also does not allow possession or selling of marijuana-related products such as bongs and pipes that are used to smoke marijuana. If you are found with any marijuana paraphernalia, you could face up to 30 days in prison and fined up to $500. Selling marijuana-related products could cost you $1000 in fines and a jail term of 3 months.
Laws That Protect CBD Users in Wisconsin
- AB 726 (2014) – This regulation protects individuals who suffer from seizure disorders to use and possess CBD-only medication and must have a written prescription.
- Act 267 (2013) – enacted in 2014, in the creation of W.S.A. 961.38(1n) and the revision of both W.S.A. 961.14 and 961.34.
- Act 4 (2017) – This enactment allows individuals with any medical disease to use CBD-rich drugs, but only if it is recommended by a qualified physician.
Wisconsin is a state in the US that is surrounded by Superior and Michigan lakes. Its largest city, Milwaukee is known for many re-made international villages, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and several notable beer companies that offer beer tours to tourists.
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