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Raleigh is the capital of the state of North Carolina, in the seat of Wake County. With a population of 403,892 according to the 2010 census, Raleigh is the second largest city in the state and the 43rd largest city in the United States. Raleigh is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The city is located in the Research Triangle metropolitan region along with Durham and Chapel Hill, which was created in 1959 with the Research Triangle Park in Durham County.
There are three major research universities located within the Research Triangle, NC State University, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. The research Triangle is one of the country’s largest and most successful research parks. It is a major center in the United States of high-tech and biotech research and advanced textile developmemt. The Research Triangle plays a great role in the cities economy. Raleigh is a major retail shipping point for eastern North Carolina and a wholesale distributing point for the grocery industry.
There is a large variety of industries that are fueling the cities economy such as, banking and financial services, electrical, medical, electronic and telecommunications equipment, clothing and apparel, food processing, paper products, and pharmaceuticals. As of 2000 the average house hold income was $46,612, yet 11.5% of the cities population are below poverty level.
North Carolina Marijuana Statistics
Marijuana is easily available throughout the state of North Carolina. Marijuana is the most commonly abused drug in the world and the second most commonly abused drug in the state of North Carolina, behind Cocaine. According to a survey done by NHSDA in 1999, 4.7 percent of North Carolina residents reported having abused marijuana in the past month, this was basically the same figure reported nationwide. Marijuana abuse is not just in one age group, it is abused by individuals of various ages in North Carolina. According to a 1999 survey done by NHSDA, the reates of marijuana abuse are highest among teenagers and young adults with 14% reporting Marijuana use within the past month.
Marijuana is not just brought into the state but many illegal Marijuana growth operations are throughout the rural areas. Police are doing all they can to stop the cultivation, distribution and use of Marijuana throughout North Carolina. As of 1999, North Carolina made 3,004 Marijuana related arrests. Within 3 short years the amount of marijuana seized in the state increased dramatically.
North Carolina law enforcement reported seizing 3,826.8 kilograms in 2001 of Marijuana, according to FDSS data. There was an 36% increase in the number of cannabis plants that were seized by police, in 1999 there was 29,753 seized that went up to 40,464 seized in 2000. Despite all that North Carolina Police are doing to stop the use of Marijuana, the number of those using the drug and becoming addicted is continuing to grow.
Many do not consider Marijuana addictive, they are wrong. Nearly 10% of marijuana users develop an addiction and withdrawal symptoms that occur when suddenly stopping use of the drug. Many people use Marijuana recreational and never develop an addiction but those who do become addicted to marijuana use the drug very heavily. They begin to suffer health and quality of life consequences as a result of chronic use of the drug, many have difficulties quitting on their own and require the help of an treatment program.
How do I know if I am addicted to Marijuana?
According to the APA, people who meet 3 or more of the following characteristics meet the medical criteria for marijuana addiction
The following addiction criteria are based on those from the DSM-IV Manual of the APA.
- Do you have a marijuana tolerance, requiring a greater amount to get high than you needed when first using?
- When you stop using marijuana do you feel withdrawal symptoms and/or cover up the symptoms with another substance?
- Do you end up smoking more marijuana each day than you planned on?
- Do you often feel like you need to cut back on your use or attempt to quit and fail?
- Does your marijuana habit take up a lot of time; using, recovering, trying to get Marijuana or getting money to buy more Marijuana?
- Has Marijuana negatively affected work, school, recreational or social activity that used to be important to you?
- Do you keep smoking even knowing the negative effects of marijuana has on your mental, psychological or physical health?
Raleigh NC Treatment Admissions
Many of those who have chronically abused Marijuana are finding themselves in need of a treatment program to quit. The number of marijuana-related treatment admissions in North Carolina ranked second to the number of cocaine-related admissions each year from FY1996 through FY1999. Marijuana-related treatment admissions increased 70 percent from 7,285 in FY1996 to 12,382 in FY1999, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Marijuana users make up 16.1% of treatment admissions throughout the United States. Raleigh North Carolina treatment programs are designed to help with the psychological addiction to Marijuana threw individual and group counseling. Do not wait any long, it is time to quit and Raleigh Treatment programs are here to help you.