North Carolina struggles from the abuse and availability of numerous illicit drugs. Marijuana, cocaine and club drugs all remain readily available, and recent reports indicate an increase in both the use and availability of heroin and methamphetamine, primarily crystal meth. Data from the 2005-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that approximately 549,000 citizens of North Carolina reported past month use of an illicit drug. Additional results from the NSDUH indicates 217,000 citizens reported drug dependence or abuse within the last year, as well as an approximately 145,000 reporting past year drug dependence. Drug trafficking in North Carolina has increased significantly, primarily due to an increasing number of foreign nationals. North Carolina had a total of 2,692 prison inmates as of June 2008 sentenced for drug trafficking.
Throughout NC Marijuana Abuse is Leading to Arrests
Marijuana is one of the most available and used drugs in North Carolina. Mexican drug trafficking organizations control the majority of marijuana transported to North Carolina. During 2007 there were 23,710 arrests in North Carolina for the possession of marijuana.
Mexican drug trafficking organizations control the distribution of cocaine in North Carolina, which continues to be readily available. These Mexico based traffickers are supplied from Arizona, Texas and California and also dominate the distribution of crack, which has posed dangerous threats to numerous North Carolina communities. More than 120,000 grams of cocaine were seized by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol during 2007.
Meth from Mexico is Invading NC
The availability of crystallized methamphetamine in North Carolina is readily available. The majority of this methamphetamine is being manufactured by Mexican drug traffickers based in Mexico and Atlanta, Georgia. During 2007 there were a reported 153 methamphetamine lab incidents in North Carolina.
Heroin Abuse Ends with Prison or Rehabilitation in North Carolina
Both the use and availability of heroin in North Carolina has increased, with major increases of heroin seizures and treatment admissions due to the use of heroin.
Ecstasy & Other Club Drug Abuse is on the Rise
Club drugs, primarily ecstasy has become very popular among in North Carolina, especially for individuals age 18 to 25. Vietnamese criminal groups with sources in Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia control the majority of the distribution throughout the state. During 2007 there were more than 550,000 dosage units of ecstasy seized in North Carolina. Other club drugs such as GHB, LSD, PCP, ketamine and psilocybin continue to be available and abused in North Carolina.
North Carolina Rehabs Report a Growing Need for Treatment
According to reports from the 2005-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 192,000 citizens of North Carolina reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year. No drug addiction should go untreated, contact us for the help you or your loved one is in need of.