Data from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that approximately 1.2 million citizens of Texas reported past month use of an illicit drug. Texas suffers from the abuse of many illicit drugs as well as major drug smuggling and transportation. Texas has a significant drug abuse problem, however, more tons of drugs are transported through the state than are destined for Texas for consumption. Additional results from the NSDUH indicate that approximately 514,000 Texas citizens reported past year drug dependence or abuse, as well as an approximated 355,000 citizens who reported past year drug dependence alone. Drug use in Texas is not limited to adults, survey’s from 2008 indicate that nearly 20% of high school seniors reported use of an illicit drug during the past month.
Cocaine is the Number One Drug Threat in Texas
Cocaine is readily available throughout Texas and very popular among all groups. The use and distribution in Texas is consistently ranked as their number one drug problem. In addition to cocaine, crack is also readily available and very popular throughout the metropolitan areas. The high levels of violence directly associated with the distribution of crack poses a major threat to citizens of all ages in Texas. During 2007 there were 703 deaths in Texas involving cocaine.
Heroin Abuse leads to Death
In recent years there have been reports of increases in both availability and purity of Mexican heroin in Texas. During 2007 there were 390 deaths involving heroin in Texas.
Meth Abuse is on the Rise in Texas
Methamphetamine abuse and availability are both increasing rapidly throughout Texas. The majority of the meth encountered in the state originates in Mexico and is also transported from California and Arizona. There have also been reports of increases in locally produced meth being distributed throughout local communities. During 2008 there were 112 meth lab incidents in Texas reported by law enforcement authorities.
Ecstasy & Other Club Drugs Popular Among the Youth
Club drugs are available throughput Texas and are very popular among younger populations at rave parties, nightclubs and college universities. The most common club drug abuse in Texas is ecstasy, but others such as Rohypnol, Ketamine, GSB, LSD and PCP. These drugs pose major threats to Texas and the state was ranked 2nd nationally for emergency room visits from the use of GHB and Rohypnol, and above the national average in emergency room visits for ecstasy, Ketamin, LSD and PCP.
Marijuana is the Most Abused Drug in Texas
The most widely used drug in Texas continues to be marijuana. Every year there are tons of marijuana seized at different checkpoints and border protection checks. Federal agencies seized more than 500,000 kilograms of marijuana during 2008 in Texas and eradicated more than 36,000 marijuana plants.
Texas has an Increasing Need for Drug Rehabs
In Texas there is an annual average of more than 400,000 citizens that report needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use. If you or a loved is in need of drug treatment contact us and we’ll find the right drug rehab program in Texas. Do not let drugs take control of your or a loved ones life, call us today.