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Drug Rehab North Carolina
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- Winston Salem
- High Point
- Chapel Hill
- Rocky Mount
- New Bern
- Elizabeth City
- Wake Forest
- Roanoke Rapids
- Fuquay Varina
- North Wilkesboro
- Forest City
- Mount Olive
- Southern Pines
- Morehead City
- Black Mountain
- Pilot Mountain
- West Jefferson
- Horse Shoe
- Mill Spring
- East Flat Rock
- Cherry Point
North Carolina is a state in the Southeastern portion of the United States. North Carolina is bordered by South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the 28th most extensive and 10th most populous state in the nation. North Carolina is composed of 100 counties, and the two largest metropolitan areas in the state are among the top ten fastest growing in the nation. The capital of North Carolina is Raleigh, and its largest city is Charlotte. As of 2012, the population of North Carolina was estimated to be around 9,752,073, a 2.3% increase since the 2010 Census. Of the people residing in North Carolina, 58.5% residents are state-born, and 33.1% were born in another US state. In addition, 1.0% were born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island areas, or born abroad to American parent, and 7.4% were born in another country.
North Carolina Drug Use Trends
North Carolina is home to an estimated 10,054,192 residents (2015 est). The state's residents struggle with addiction problems ranging from alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs to dangerous and deadly illicit substance such as cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin. Alcohol and drug addiction know no boundaries and have spread from big cities in North Carolina to the suburbs and small towns. The illegal drug market is thriving in the state due to shipments of cocaine from the Northeast and drug trafficking along the state's major highways. Authorities have begun to recognize a growing problem with the number of migrant workers doubling as smugglers into more rural areas of the state. Foreign and domestic drug trafficking organizations use North Carolina's major airport as well as highways to ship their product in and out of the state with marginal repercussions from authorities.
As one of the most widely abused substance, marijuana use, abuse and addiction problems are widespread throughout North Carolina. A majority of the marijuana in North Carolina is smuggled in through Mexico and other southern states. Local residents also cultivate marijuana for personal use and distribution. Across North Carolina farmland is being used to grow cannabis. Marijuana cultivation using hydroponics has also been seen in suburban neighborhoods as well as apartment buildings.
- During 2007 there were 27,748 arrests for marijuana offenses in North Carolina.
- 91% of all marijuana arrests in North Carolina were for marijuana liossession during 2007. The national average for marijuana liossession arrests was 89% during 2007.
- During 2007 there were an estimated 673,000 annual marijuana uses in North Carolina.
- The largest age grouli to use marijuana from 2006-2007 in North Carolina was 18-25 years old. This made uli 25.4% of all users that year in the state. The second largest age grouli was 12-17 years old making uli 11.9% of all marijuana users during that time lieriod in North Carolina.
Treatment for marijuana addiction varies based on the severity of the dependence issue. Residents who use marijuana infrequently and require minimal support to stop using can often find the resources they need through outpatient treatment or attending support groups and meetings. These less intensive forms of treatment allow the individual to continue most aspects of their daily life while receiving the care they need to make the necessary changes to their behavior and lifestyle. Residents who have struggled with marijuana addiction for a lengthy period of time or who are poly substance abusers will often need to enroll in a residential or inpatient program. These programs are better equipped to handle and treat all aspects of a person's addiction. Their focus is on helping the individual through their withdrawal symptoms, working with them on resolving underlying problems in their life that contributed to their substance abuse as well as developing new ways of handling life clean and sober.
13,870 residents of North Carolina recognized their marijuana addiction problem in 2012 and sought drug rehabilitation treatment, making up 24.9% of all drug rehab admissions in the state that year. 76.6% of those receiving addiction rehabilitation services for marijuana addiction in North Carolina during 2012 were male and 23.4% were female. The largest age group to enroll in North Carolina drug rehab programs for marijuana addiction during 2012 was 21-25 years old.
Prescription Drug Addiction in North Carolina
Prescription drug addiction often goes undetected for a long period of time. Users are able to hide their prescription use because this form of addiction usually doesn't have an odor when consumed (like marijuana or crack cocaine), does not require much drug using paraphernalia (many people take the medication orally) and symptoms of use can also be minimal to observers. While user's can get away with prescription drug abuse for some period of time with a legitimate prescription from their physician, their addiction will usually escalate causing them to seek the mediation through other sources.
The most widely abused prescription drugs in North Carolina include OxyContin, hydrocodone, Xanax and methadone. North Carolina residents obtain prescription drugs through a number of sources; some legitimately, but a great number of them are obtained illegally. Individuals struggling with prescription drug addiction will steal prescriptions from friends and family, attend pain clinics that do not check their substance use history, purchase prescription medication on the black market that have been stolen from pharmacies and buy prescription drugs online from websites where a legitimate prescription is not required.
During 2012, 14.8% of all North Carolina drug rehab enrollments were for prescription drugs. Residents are recognizing the damage their prescription drug addiction problem is doing to their lives and they are beginning to seek treatment in increasing numbers. Statistics dating back as far as 2000 reveal the number of prescription drug addiction enrollments have continued to grow.
North Carolina drug rehab admissions for prescription drug addiction from 2000-2010:
- 2000: 774 individuals
- 2001: 1,008 individuals
- 2002: 1,012 individuals
- 2003: 1,136 individuals
- 2004: 1,477 individuals
- 2005: 1,717 individuals
- 2006: 1,601 individuals
- 2007: 2,088 individuals
- 2008: 3,158 individuals
- 2009: 5,091 individuals
- 2010: 7,097 individuals
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