What Are the Biggest Addiction Problems Seen in Texas Addiction Help Facilities?
Although drug abuse is a big problem, alcohol abuse is probably even worse.
- Almost 25% of the people in Texas did some binge drinking in the last year. In other words, they don’t just have a couple of beers, they drink enough to get drunk. Enough to stop them from driving legally, and safely.
- Also, nearly one in ten Texans qualify as being addicted to alcohol or being alcohol abusers.
- In 2011, the University of Texas Austin was voted the number one party school in the U.S. There are nearly 5,000 universities and colleges in the U.S., so that’s saying a lot.
What is a party school? A school where the students are so focused on drinking, drugs and partying that they probably miss classes every month because their drunk or hungover, their grades suffer, there are more accidents and injuries, rapes and other sexual assaults, and all around bad decision making. Not what you would want or expect from a college student who is there to get an education that will set him up for the future.
Unless he’s going to be an alcoholic or drug addict – hard to make a living doing those things without also being a dealer.
To be on the top of the list of party schools, you can be pretty sure that the entire culture of the state is oriented towards drinking. Kids whose parents teach them about drugs and alcohol are 50% less likely to drink or take drugs. So, chances are, fewer adults in Texas think alcohol is a problem than in some other states.
What About Drugs? Are There a Lot of People Needing Addiction Help in Texas for Drugs
Yes. The problems are mostly with marijuana, stimulants (cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs), heroin, and opiates other than heroin – like prescription painkillers, sedatives, tranquilizers and so on.
About 7,000 people a year get addiction help in Texas for heroin and stimulants.
But the most serious drug problem in Texas is with prescription painkillers. The number of people suffering from OxyContin addiction, Vicodin addiction, methadone addiction, hydrocodone addiction – just to mention a few – is astounding. About one in twenty people in Texas used prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons in the last year. That’s about 2 ½ million people!
The Latest Report from the University of Texas at Austin
The key findings for 2014 are
1) increasing presence and use of the more potent methamphetamine made in Mexico
2) increasing heroin use by young adults
3) changes in the types of novel psychoactive drugs.
The primary types of heroin in Texas are Mexican black tar and powdered brown, which is black tar turned into a powder. Street outreach workers report black tar heroin is being sold on street corners, similar to crack. It is packaged in baggies or balloons. The age of persons dying from a heroin overdose has been decreasing, with the average age declining from 41 years in 2005 to 36 in 2013. The demand for heroin in Texas also increased in the current reporting period, with supplies up and costs down, based on Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) field division reports.
The decrease in methamphetamine indicators after the 2006 ban on the sale of large quantities of pseudoephedrine to produce the illicit drug reversed beginning in 2008. Indicators are now at similar or higher levels than ever seen in Texas. The current supply with higher purity and potency is due to the formula of the drug made in Mexico, based on data from the DEA’s Methamphetamine Profiling Program. To aid in smuggling supplies into Texas, liquid methamphetamine is imported into Texas and then is converted to “ice.” Street outreach workers report that more psychotic episodes were occurring among methamphetamine users. Methamphetamine is now the second most frequently identified drug reported among analyzed items, exceeded only by marijuana/cannabis.
Cocaine indicators (poison control center calls, treatment admissions, forensic laboratory findings, and deaths) continue to decrease, with fewer items identified in seizures, more diversion to Europe, use of levamisole as a filler, and increased prices.
Marijuana/cannabis demand indicators are increasing, with 23 percent of all treatment admissions reporting primary problems with marijuana/cannabis. Indoor and hydroponic grows in Texas provide large quantities of high quality cannabis.
Prescription Opioids/Opiates Other Than Heroin:
Indicators point to declines in problems with most of these opioids, except for increases in poison control center calls about human exposure to buprenorphine. The increases in heroin use may be directly related to decreases in use of other opiates/opioids. Hydrocodone continued to be the most prevalent prescription opioid used for nonmedical purposes in Texas.
Benzodiazepines include diazepam (Valium®), alprazolam (Xanax®), flunitrazepam (Rohypnol®), clonazepam (Klonopin® or Rivotril®), flurazepam (Dalmane®), lorazepam (Ativan®), and chlordiaz-epoxide (Librium® and Librax®). Rohypnol® has not been approved for use in the United States. The drug is legal in Mexico, but since 1996, it has been illegal to bring it into the United States.
There has been an increase in deaths due to benzodiazepine poisoning, from 55 in 1999 to 254 in 2013. Alprazolam was the most abused benzodiazepine in terms of calls to poison control centers.
Finding an effective drug rehab center for someone from Texas can be a difficult task, but Addiction Help Services can assist you and your family. While there are numerous drug rehabs in Texas, they are not all the same and the face of addiction treatment has changed over the years.
If you or a loved one has an addiction problem, call us to help you find the program that is right for you.
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