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North Carolina

North Carolina is located in the Eastern part of the United States. It has the Pacific Ocean on the East side of the state. It became a state in 1789 and was the 12th state admitted into the United States. The capital of the state is Raleigh, which was named after Sir Walter Raleigh. Sir Walter Raleigh was the one who conducted many expeditions to the Americas in search for new land and gold.

Many of the wars in early history took place throughout North Carolina. A few of the wars fought on this land are the French and Indian War and the Civil War. When you are visiting the state, you can go and see reenactments of the battles fought or go to the museums that showcase the heroes of the war as well as artifacts from those time periods as well. Besides the museums you can also go to the mountains located in the state, which are the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains that are a part of the Appalachian Mountains.

According to the United States Census, there are over 9 million people residing in North Carolina. Out of these residents approximately 83% received a high school diploma. On average 26% of high school graduates go on to higher education to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. The major ethnic groups in the state are Caucasian Americans, Asians, African Americans and Hispanics. Therefore North Carolina is a diversified state compared to some in the United States.

The Substance Abuse Issues In North Carolina

According to the White House Drug Policy, drug use in North Carolina is the same as the national average.  Approximately 8% of residents report using an illicit drug in the past month. Residents that reported using an illicit drug other than marijuana was averaged at about 3%. Some of the major drugs used in North Carolina are:

  • Marijuana: This is the most widely abused drug in the state. Marijuana sends over 9,000 people into treatment centers each year. The drug is typically looked at as a no big deal drug, but in all reality marijuana can take over your life just as any other drug can.
  • Cocaine: The drug is the most widely used illicit drug other than marijuana. Cocaine is a type of stimulant that increases your bodily functions higher than the average body. It is sending almost 6,000 people into treatment centers every year.
  • Opiates: This category can include, but is not limited to heroin and prescription pain killers. These drugs slow down your bodily functions below the average body rate. Opiates combined send over 6,000 people into rehabilitation centers each year.
  • Stimulants: These can include prescription drugs or methamphetamine. While stimulants are not a widely used drug in the state, there has been a major increase in the seizure of methamphetamine labs. The seizure rate has risen over 30% in the last couple of years from 150 labs seized to over 200. The use of stimulants is on the rise in the state. They are now sending nearly 1,000 people into treatment every year.

Due to the amount of drug use in the state, many people lose their lives every year to drug induced deaths. Again, North Carolina’s drug induced death average is the same as the national average, which is 12 people per every 100,000 every year. Although more people in the state die from drugs than from motor vehicle accidents or fire arms every year. The amount of drug use in North Carolina is on the rise, which leads to more deaths.

[Ref: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_north_carolina.pdf]

Prevention & Rehabilitation Options In North Carolina

The state has prevention programs all over the state at the community level. There are programs that go inside of schools; the well-known one is called Unlimited Success. This program is all over the school systems in the state. They go in and let students know of the effects and consequences of drugs to help them make the right decisions in life. There are also programs in the community to help those that are dealing with addicted loved ones or they themselves are dealing with an addiction. These programs go in and assess the person’s mental state and help them through any difficulties they may have. The more well-known one in the state is called Insight Human Services.

North Carolina also has treatment centers that are operational and ready to help you overcome addiction across the state. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services, there are over 350 facilities statewide. There are all different types of rehabilitation centers to better serve your needs. To speak with a qualified counselor today about what facility will help you with your addiction call at 800-208-4701.

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