Growing gang problems in urban areas combined with underground drug production and supply in rural parts of North Carolina have created increased suffering statewide in recent years. Meth lab production has continuously been on the rise with a 57% increase in meth lab busts in the last 6 years, many of which are increasingly run by Mexican drug cartels that now seem to have a foothold in major cities nationwide. Much like the rest of the country North Carolina has also been losing a battle with prescription drug abuse. More overdoses and addiction problems from drugs like oxycodone affect the state than all other drug problems combined, with more than 1,000 deaths in 2011 attributed to prescription drug overdose. Despite changes to drug formulas and regulations regarding narcotic drug prescriptions, North Carolina still has many corrupt and fraudulent schemes that send millions of these pills onto the black market. Changes to opiate-based painkiller formulas to lessen their potential for abuse has had another terrible side effect that has further increased suffering in the state: those that are chronically addicted to opiates either then go to even greater lengths to get these pills even as the price goes through the roof, or they turn to black market heroin and plunge themselves into yet another terrible opiate addiction.
Generally, North Carolina's substance abuse rates are actually below that of the national average. In fact, admission rates for alcoholism have been on the decline for well over 10 years in the state, although admissions for opiate addiction and mental health disorders have been quick to fill that gap.
The different geographic communities also make a lot of difference as far as who is suffering and who is getting addiction treatment. For instance, cities such as Raleigh have a disproportionate amount of admissions for prescription drug abuse, but also have a far greater concentration of drug treatment centers in these larger cities. In other parts of North Carolina, particularly the parts in Appalachia, also have a booming substance abuse problem in its remote and poverty stricken towns. Home-made methamphetamine and black market prescription narcotics have been the focus of regional task forces in this mountainous region for years.
One of the greatest obstacles to drug addiction treatment in the area is education. Much of the funding towards fighting drug problems are used on law enforcement and incarceration, but this does next to nothing to help people who have already developed physical addictions to heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamine and need professional and effective drug treatment in order to get out of the world of illicit drug abuse that puts theirs lives at risk on a daily basis. Identifying and intervening in drug addiction problems does not come soon enough for countless people that suffer from substance abuse every day. But that is just the beginning. Unfortunately if someone has such a severe and chronic drug addiction that they have spent all of their money and much of their loved ones' money on it as well, than more than likely they will need a full drug rehab program in order to get clean. While it can be difficult for these people to afford it the alternative is often hopelessness and death - however many different forms of addiction treatment are available at reasonable costs. Residential addiction treatment is a particularly popular and affordable form of drug rehab where patients co-habit ate with one another while going through a daily regimen of counseling and therapies. Even after that process is completed there are many outpatient addiction treatment programs and opportunities to continue in counseling like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous to prevent future relapses and build self-esteem.
Major North Carolina cities with high drug abuse statistics: Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Winston Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Cary, Asheville, Hight Point, Concord, Gastonia, Greenville, and Jacksonville
Counties with the largest concentrations of drug abuse problems: Wake, Mecklenburg, Guilford, Forsyth, Cumberland, Durham, Buncombe, Gaston, and New Hanover
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