Racine, WI Profile
Racine, WI, population 81,855 , is located
in Wisconsin's Racine county,
about 22.5 miles from Milwaukee and 61.0 miles from Chicago.
In the 90's the population of Racine has declined by about 3%.
It is Estimated in recent years the population of Racine has been declining at an annual rate of less than one percent.
Reports show that during 2003 property crime levels in the Racine area were higher than Wisconsin's average.
The same data shows violent crime levels to be lower than the Wisconsin average.
Racine Gender Information
Males in Racine: 39,869 (49%)
Females in Racine: 41,986 (51%)
As % of Population in Racine
Race Diversity in Racine
African American: 20%
As % of Population in Racine
Age Diversity in Racine
Median Age in Racine: 33.1 (Males in Racine: 31.4, Females in Racine: 34.7)
Racine Males Under 20: 16%
Racine Females Under 20: 15%
Racine Males 20 to 40: 14%
Racine Females 20 to 40: 15%
Racine Males 40 to 60: 12%
Racine Females 40 to 60: 12%
Racine Males Over 60: 6%
Racine Females Over 60: 9%
Economics in Racine
Racine Household Average Size: 2.54 people
Racine Median Household Income: $ 37,164
Racine Median Value of Homes: $ 83,400
Law Enforcement in Racine
Reported crimes in the Racine area during 2003:
Murder and non-negligent man-slaughter: 3
Forcible rape: 22
Aggravated assault: 87
Violent crime events per 100,000 people: 391
Motor vehicle theft: 399
Property crime events per 100,000 people: 5,285
Racine Location Information
Elevation: 620 feet above sea level.
Land Area: 15.4 Square Miles.
Water Area: 3.1 Square Miles.
Nearby Towns & Cities to Racine
North Bay 2.7 Miles
Elmwood Park 3.1 Miles
Wind Point 4.1 Miles
Sturtevant 6.0 Miles
Franksville 7.0 Miles
Kenosha 10.0 Miles
Oak Creek 11.8 Miles
South Milwaukee 13.4 Miles
Union Grove 13.9 Miles
Pleasant Prairie 14.2 Miles
Big Cities Nearest Racine
Milwaukee 22.5 Miles
Chicago 61.0 Miles
Naperville 67.7 Miles
Aurora 72.2 Miles
Rockford 73.9 Miles
Gary 81.5 Miles
Joliet 84.5 Miles
Madison 85.4 Miles
South Bend 106.6 Miles
Grand Rapids 108.5 Miles
Four in ten criminal offenders report alcohol as a factor in violence.
In addition to a reduction in drug use and recidivism, drug courts also serve as a less expensive alternative to incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders. Incarceration of drug-using offenders costs between $20,000 and $50,000 per person per year, and the cost of building a prison cell can be as much as $80,000. A comprehensive drug court system, on the other hand, typically costs less than $2,500 annually for each offender.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is conducted annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2003, the study found the rate of substance dependence or abuse was 8.9 percent for youths aged 12 to 17 and 21 percent for persons aged 18 to 25. Among persons with substance dependence or abuse, illicit drugs accounted for 58.1 percent of youths and 37.2 percent of persons aged 18 to 25. In 2003, males were almost twice as likely to be classified with substance dependence or abuse as females (12.2% versus 6.2%). Among youths aged 12 to 17, however, the rate of substance dependence or abuse among females (9.1%) was similar to the rate among males (8.7%). The rate of substance dependence or abuse was highest among Native Americans and Alaska Natives (17.2%). The next highest rates were among Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (12.9%) and persons reporting mixed ethnicity (11.3%). Asian Americans had the lowest rate (6.3%). The rates among Hispanics (9.8%) and whites (9.2%) were higher than the rate among blacks (8.1%). Rates of drug use showed substantial variation by age. For example, in 2003, 3.8 percent of youths aged 12 to 13 reported current illicit drug use compared with 10.9 percent of youths aged 14 to 15 and 19.2 percent of youths aged 16 to 17. As in other years, illicit drug use in 2003 tended to increase with age among young persons, peaking among 18 to 20-year-olds (23.3%) and declining steadily after that point with increasing age. The prevalence of current alcohol use among adolescents in 2003 increased with increasing age, from 2.9 percent at age 12 to a peak of about 70 percent for persons 21 to 22 years old. The highest prevalence of both binge and heavy drinking was for young adults aged 18 to 25, with the peak rate of both measures occurring at age 21. The rate of binge drinking was 41.6 percent for young adults aged 18 to 25 and 47.8 percent at age 21. Heavy alcohol use was reported by 15.1 percent of persons aged 18 to 25 and 18.7 percent of persons aged 21. Among youths aged 12 to 17, an estimated 17.7 percent used alcohol in the month prior to the survey interview. Of all youths, 10.6 percent were binge drinkers, and 2.6 percent were heavy drinkers, similar to the 2002 numbers.
The four stages of drug abuse: The Office for Substance Abuse Prevention of the U.S. Public Health Service has identified four specific stages of drug use. Teenagers who occasionally use drugs in social situations are considered to be in the first stage of drug use. During this stage parents probably won't notice a change in their child's behavior. In the second stage users seek out drugs more often. Such individuals typically have secured a reliable source for obtaining drugs and probably have started hanging out with new, drugusing friends. As a result of second-stage drug use, these teens may be moody and will let their schoolwork slip. Getting high consumes users by the third stage. They often use drugs daily, increasing the tension at home and school, and may encounter trouble with the law. By the fourth stage these teenagers are addicted and cannot function without drugs. They require more drugs just to feel okay. They are unable to function at home and at school; most drop out of school, get expelled, or resort to crime to get drug money.
A drug overdose occurs when you consume more drugs than your body can tolerate. Drug users are constantly flirting with the risk of a drug overdose. There is a
fine line between the high they're seeking and serious injury or death. While many victims of drug overdose recover without long term effects, there
can be serious consequences. Some drug overdoses cause the failure of major
organs like the kidneys or liver, or failure of whole systems like the
respiratory or circulatory systems. Patients who survive drug overdose may need
kidney dialysis, kidney or liver transplant, or ongoing care as a result of
heart failure, stroke, or coma. Death can occur in almost any drug overdose
situation, particularly if treatment is not started immediately.
Drug rehabilitation is a place or program that an individual enters to treat a drug or alcohol addiction. Through therapy and education, the individual is restored to their former non-drug using self. They are then able to re-enter society clean and sober. There are many reasons why a person would need to attend a drug rehabilitation program. Some of the many reasons are: the inability to control their drinking or drug use, alienating their friends and family, problems with the law, and problems at work. Also, there are several different types of drug rehabilitation programs available: inpatient, outpatient, residential, short-term, and long-term.
Tolerance to a drug takes place when an individual is exposed to the same drug repeatedly and begins to build up an resistance to the drugs effects. The body then adapts and develops a tolerance for the drug. The addiction that is produced is so powerful that it creates cravings in the user. These cravings for the drug are the result of its impact on the individual's memory with feelings of pleasantness and euphoria which the individual has come to associate with the taking of the drug.
Addiction treatment is needed when an individual finds that they have developed a drug or alcohol addiction which they are not able to successful end on their own. With the help of addiction treatment, addicted individual can get help to control their drug taking behavior and live happy and successful lives. There are several addiction treatment options available for drug and alcohol addiction. Some of these options include self-help groups, counseling, drug rehabilitation programs (in and out-patient), and residential treatment facilities. Each of these differ
in their aims and outcomes and elements of these addiction treatment options are often
Residential treatment offers intensive drug addiction help over a period of weeks or months. This form of treatment has some advantages over out-patient treatment, although it may not be suitable for everyone. For example, those who are responsible for caring for young children may be better suited to attendance at an out patient treatment program. Residential treatment offers a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment where individuals can confront their own drug addiction and associated issues, with the help of qualified staff. Therapy usually consists of a mixture of group counseling, individual counseling and an introduction to the principles of a drug recovery program.
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