AllTreatment Articles http://www.alltreatment.com Recent articles from AllTreatment. en-us Copyright (C) 2014 alltreatment.com 2014 Drug Trends in California http://www.alltreatment.com/california-drug-trends Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:34:25 +0000 <h1> 2014 Drug Trends in California</h1> <p> In 2010 alone, almost 200,000 DUI arrests were made in the state of California. Of these arrests over 60% involved alcohol as a primary drug with a second drug present. Over 65% of all the arrests made were of males and the average age of conviction was 30. Alcohol and drug abuse arrests and convictions had a percentage rate of 46% being of Hispanic origin and the average age of marijuana users feel between 12 and 20. In California, the drug trends are continuing upward with the majority of the drug abuse remaining with what is most readily available to people between the ages of 14 and 30 &ndash; which is alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and a rising trend of <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2013/meth-lab-cleanup-a-flourishing-industry/">methamphetamine abuse</a>.</p> <p> <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0c/Medical-cannabis-card-california.jpg" style="height: 263px; width: 350px;" /></p> <h2> What has been the effect of marijuana legislation?</h2> <p> One of the effects of the marijuana legislation has been to drive the street price down to make it more competitive with the dispensary prices. This has led to it becoming an increasingly appealing drug to experiment with for the young. Combined with a rising trend in alcohol abuse among youth groups, marijuana and alcohol are both being seen as gateways to more serious <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2014/rise-in-marijuana-poisoning-in-pets/">drug addiction and abuse problems </a>. The heavy representation of the Hispanic population in incidences involving drugs is also showing that there is a need for better education in the population. Many of the treatment centers offer bi-lingual programs that help make recovery accessible to this community.</p> <h2> What other drugs are of concern in California?</h2> <p> Methamphetamine is on the rise but the two illegal drugs of the greatest concern in California are currently heroin and cocaine. Cocaine abuse continues to be a significant factor across all age groups but there is also a surprising rise of heroin abuse among males and females ages 24 to 44. The ease of availability and low cost of the drugs are making them the drug of choice that is often combined with alcohol. &nbsp;</p> <p> <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ce/Injecting_heroin.jpg" style="height: 233px; width: 350px;" /></p> <h2> The continuing problem of heroin in California</h2> <p> More <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/ca">treatment centers </a> are seeing admissions for combined alcohol and heroin abuse in California. One of the main factors that is influencing the rise in this trend is that heroin lacks many of the tell-tale social cues that would make drug abuse unacceptable in daily life. There has also been a glamorization of heroin use within the state due to the presence of several high profile overdoses. Heroin arrives by private plane and via over the road methods from Mexico, but it is also coming from major Mid-West cities which can make it difficult to track. &nbsp;</p> <h2> Who uses the most drugs in California?</h2> <p> The average conviction age in California is 30 and over 40% of all persons convicted of heroin in the state are of Hispanic descent. There is a significant youth population that reports regular use of marijuana across ethnic and race classes. California also has one of the highest instances of treatment for overdose on hand sanitizer in the nation. This is a growing problem across the country and the of all the emergency room admissions it is estimated that over 35% are due to drug use or overdose, creating a significant burden on the medical care system..</p> <h2> What about illegal prescription drug use?</h2> <p> California also has a growing problem with illegal prescription drug use. This is both occurring on a street level with direct purchase and use of the drugs by those who were not prescribed them, and on by persons who have been prescribed the drugs but are not taking them as directed. It is estimated that 8% of all people treated for drug abuse and addiction are being treated for prescription drug addictions in addition to other drug abuse issues.</p> <h2> Are drugs getting better or worse in California?</h2> <p> While there has been an increase in arrests and convictions made of drug dealers, traffickers, and DUIs in California, the arrests have not kept pace with the rise in drug use in the state. The normalization of marijuana use is allowing for a strong youth representation to begin experimenting with drugs and to see drugs use as something that does not hold the chance to do harm. There has been an increase in admissions for drug treatment and an increase in drug treatment facilities in the state as well. The motion to treat those for drug convictions versus jailing them is regaining notice as statistics are showing that intervention and treatment is successful in allowing for recovery which will reduce the overall drug use in the state.</p> 2014 Drug Trends in Arkansas http://www.alltreatment.com/arkansas-drug-trends Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:59:57 +0000 <h1> 2014 Drug Trends in Arkansas</h1> <p> The extent of alcohol and drug abuse in Arkansas is significant and has grown dramatically over the past decade. Alcohol addiction has increased 134 percent since 2009 alone, while inhalant use among 3rd and 4th graders is down, every other category of drug use has increased since 2001. The demographic that has shown the greatest increase in the drug use is the ages of 14 to 24. There is no drug that is not represented in the statistics concerning abuse and addiction in Arkansas. Alcohol remains the single most abused drug, legal or illegal, and over 46% of all admissions to drug and alcohol treatment centers were for alcohol.</p> <h2> Why is alcohol abuse on the rise in Arkansas?</h2> <p> The cost, availability and social acceptance of the use and abuse of alcohol in Arkansas continues to make it one of the most abused drugs in the state. It is present in all areas &ndash; urban, rural and suburban. Use of the drug crosses all class and socio-economic lines. &nbsp;Statistics do not reflect that the abuse of alcohol is a gateway drug, but that in many incidences where alcohol was involved in an accident or injury that there was also a companion drug present.</p> <h2> What other drugs are of concern in Arkansas?</h2> <p> The <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2014/exploring-drugs-and-substances/">illegal drugs </a> in Arkansas cover cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and illegal prescription drugs. The drugs of the greatest concern in the state are cocaine and methamphetamine. Unlike many of the surrounding states, since 2006 there has been an increase in the amount of methamphetamine labs in the state. The state police report that of all the arrests and admissions to drug facilities over 10% were for cocaine, but 10.6% were for methamphetamine in 2009 and the number keeps growing. 1 in 4 children under the age of 14 report having tried marijuana with over 30% saying that they had used it within the past 30 days. &nbsp;</p> <p> <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/Homemade_Crystal_Meth_Bong.jpg" /></p> <h2> The rising problem of methamphetamine in Arkansas</h2> <p> The growth of <a href="’http://www.alltreatment.com/meth-addiction’">methamphetamine </a>in Arkansas is of particular concern as this is a fast addicting and physically destructive drug. Its popularity as a recreational drug has increased over the past decade and the amount of public education about its dangers has not kept pace. The ingredients to make it are cheap and the potential for being able to make enough to use, and enough to make money with it huge. In combatting this drug the police are heavily involved as the presence of meth labs not only presents a drug danger, but a public safety danger as the meth labs can easily explode and are often staged in neighborhoods. Arkansas has one of the highest methamphetamine rates in the nation. Treatment for methamphetamine is successful when coupled with adequate social support.</p> <h2> Who uses the most drugs in Arkansas?</h2> <p> Arkansas has the distinction of having one of the largest, and fastest growing, youth female drug abusing populations in the country. Unlike other states where youth drug abuse is centered around marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs &ndash; in Arkansas most of the cases involve marijuana, alcohol and cocaine or heroin. This increase in youth female drug abuse is not clearly understood but most of the <a href="’http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2011/interview-with-c-p-of-alcoholism-and-drug-addiction-help’">Arkansas drug addiction and treatment centers </a> have special programs for youth females, women, and women with children.</p> <h2> What about Illegal Prescription Drug Use?</h2> <p> There is illegal prescription drug use in Arkansas but the statistics report it is one of the lesser drugs currently being abused. Prescription drug abuse tends to occur in the19 to 24 year old male demographic and is mostly associated with urban areas. The use of prescription drugs with alcohol has been one of the highest causes of drug overdoses and death within the state.</p> <p> <img src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3401/4593081190_bf0caaf80e.jpg" /></p> <h2> Are Drugs Getting Better or Worse in Arkansas?</h2> <p> Arkansas is experiencing a growth in illegal drug use and the abuse of a variety of legal drugs. What is most striking about the statistics coming out of this state is that it has one of the youngest populations that are using drugs. This is not like the youth and young adult population of Arizona that is experimenting and/or binge drinking, but 60% of teens surveyed reported having used marijuana within the past 30 days, and to use it on a semi-regular basis. Arkansas is also facing a growing problem with synthetic drug use including methamphetamine, heroin and the designer synthetics sold as incense or bath salts. The incidences of drug related accidents and deaths has increased, as has alcohol related accidents and deaths too.</p> 2014 Drug Trends in Arizona http://www.alltreatment.com/arizona-drug-trends Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:25:22 +0000 <h1> 2014 Drug Trends in Arizona</h1> <p> In 2007, almost the same number of people died from a drug overdose as in car accidents in Arizona. Since then the number of drug related fatalities has decreased in proportion to the number of people who have sought treatment for drug abuse or addiction it is plain to see that intervention and treatment has been successful in helping to reduce the trafficking and use of drugs in Arizona. Almost 19,000 people were admitted to treatment programs, most of the treatment was for alcohol addiction, marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine use. The two drugs that are seeing a rise in use are alcohol and heroin which come with their own &lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&quot;http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2014/behavioral-issues-related-to-drug-abuse/&quot; href=&quot;http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2014/behavioral-issues-related-to-drug-abuse/&quot; &#39;=&quot;&quot;&gt;problems that must be dealt with.</p> <h2> Why is alcohol abuse on the rise in Arizona?</h2> <p> <img src="https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4037/4468911841_6532d16d3e_z.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 286px;" /></p> <p> Arizona has a high student population and demographic between the ages of 24 to 35. In both of these groups there has been an increase in the instances of binge drinking that has led to alcohol abuse treatment in an addiction facility, or in an emergency medical treatment facility. There has also been a steady use rate of marijuana that appears to be statistically tied to the rising use of heroin among these age groups. Studies are concluding that in Arizona, alcohol and marijuana use combined are gateway drugs for heroin and cocaine..</p> <h2> Where are the drugs coming from?</h2> <p> Most of the drugs that are coming into Arizona are from California, Texas and Mexico. There is a significant trafficking route that exists between El Paso and Los Angeles that passes through Albuquerque, New Mexico and through the major cities of Arizona. The drug traffic is not tied to illegal immigration but is primarily moved by legal citizens over the road or by plane.</p> <h2> What is the impact on Arizona of illegal drugs?</h2> <p> <img source="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/MorphineRx.JPG'" /></p> <p> The cost of illegal drugs goes beyond the damage it can cost an individual. There were almost 19,000 treated for <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/az">drug abuse and addiction </a> in Arizona last year. Over 61% of those enrolled were male. Given that the majority of the accidents involved intoxicants in some form, and that almost all alcohol related vehicular deaths also had the presence of another drug involved the cost to the community and the municipalities is great. What may start as one individual&rsquo;s choice can have a cost impact that can affect everyone in a given area. In fact, 7 of the 10 top causes of death in Arizona in the past 3 years were alcohol related via accident, poisoning or chronic health conditions caused by long term <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/alcohol-addiction">alcohol abuse.</a></p> <h2> What about illegal prescription drug use?</h2> <p> While there is statistical evidence that illegal pharmaceutical drug abuse is on the rise, it is not at a significant percentage to be deemed an epidemic. The primary demographics that are seeing use are children ages 14 to 18, and young adults aged 22 through 28. Both of these age groups tend to access pharmaceuticals in the home environment which then leads to them seeking out illegal drugs on the street. Most people shift from the pharmaceuticals to more common illegal drugs due to the increased regulation of the drugs and the higher price of the drugs on the illegal market. Statewide education programs are also credited with helping to contain this problem. Unfortunately, statistics show that it is probably the easier and cheaper drug availability that is preventing pharmaceuticals from becoming a main drug of choice. Arizona is following the national trend in increasing regulations and tracking on prescription pharmaceuticals in an effort to continue preventing their abuse from becoming an epidemic.</p> <h2> Are drugs getting better or worse in Arizona?</h2> <p> There has been a decline in the number of drug related accidents, deaths and incidents in Arizona between 2001 and 2011, along with a rise in people registered for treatment that is a good indicator that the drug problem is getting better. The large youth and young adult population in Arizona means that there is more experimentation in this state then in any of the neighboring states without a corresponding demographic. Despite fears that the tendency towards experimentation would then bring about a rush of illegal drugs to the street, most of what has happened is an explosion in abuse of legal substances such as alcohol. Alcohol abuse and addiction is the number one drug of concern in Arizona and it is most concerning that while use has dropped off with people over 40, it is on the rise in those under 35.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> 2014 Drug Trends in Alaska http://www.alltreatment.com/alaska-drug-trends Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:27:38 +0000 <h1> 2014 Drug Trends in Alaska</h1> <p> &nbsp;Over 35% of all cases that the Alaska State Police responded to in recent years had drugs or intoxicants involved. When you consider that 56% of all incidents that police respond to in the state are violent crimes, the problems that illicit drug use and drug abuse contribute to is serious business. The good news is that the efforts to fight the illegal drug trade, provide treatment for individuals with drug or alcohol addictions and to educate the public about the true cost of drug abuse are starting to make a difference. Since 2011 there has been a steady downward trend in drug use and drug related arrests. The end of illicit drug use and drug abuse is by no means in sight, but progress has been made.</p> <h2> What drugs are most commonly abused in Alaska?&nbsp;</h2> <p> By far the most common drug abused in Alaska remains alcohol. Despite the fact that alcohol is a legal drug, it is often abused by those who are under-aged. It is also commonly used in conjunction with illegal drugs, making many officials see alcohol abuse as a dangerous gateway to addiction to more serious drugs. Alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, illegal prescription drug use and crack cocaine are the most prominent of the drugs abused in Alaska. While none of them rank higher than any other as more concerning, the presence of cocaine, heroin and alcohol has shown no signs of abating. <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/marijuana" http:="" www.alltreatment.com=""> Marijuana </a>continues to have a strong presence and the recent surveys by the governor&rsquo;s council on youth and drugs suggests a direct link between smoking marijuana and beginning to experiment with stronger illegal drugs.</p> <h2> Where are the drugs coming from?</h2> <p> Crack cocaine is of the biggest concern for officials manning the local airports. The majority of cocaine is acquired in California and the North West and flown in with passengers. Some of it even comes on private planes, which can make it harder to intercept. Almost all drugs in Alaska come in by plane; very few drugs come via any other form of transportation. While the drug cartels do not have as strong a presence in this state as they do in other areas of the continent, there are established supply routes that allow them to keep up with the demand. Meth and crack cocaine can be found everywhere in Alaska, including the rural areas. <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/heroin-addiction"> Heroin</a>&nbsp;is still mostly found in the metropolitan areas of the state only. &nbsp;</p> <h2> What is the impact on Alaska of illegal drugs?</h2> <p> The cost of illegal drugs goes beyond the damage it can cost an individual. There were 6,700 people enrolled in drug and alcohol treatment programs in Alaska last year. Over 60% of those enrolled were male. The majority of accidental deaths, suicides and injuries are related to drug abuse &ndash; legal or illegal. &nbsp;The cost of responding to these incidents &ndash; legally and medically &ndash; has created a great strain on the state budget.</p> <p> <img src="http://pharmaceuticals.zizula.com/cache/4258245645_c2fcb528e0.jpg" /></p> <h2> What about illegal prescription drug use?</h2> <p> Alaska is not immune to the rising abuse of prescription drugs that is occurring in other states. It is slightly less of a problem as it has become easier to put controls in place to manage registered substances, and it is also much harder to hide large quantities of prescription drugs in air shipments.</p> <h2> Are drugs getting better or worse in Alaska?</h2> <p> There has been a decline in the number of methamphetamine labs in Alaska between 2001 and 2011 that is a good indicator that the drug problem is getting better. Another positive sign is that the number of people who are <a href="www.alltreatment.com/co/cocaine-crack-addiction"> seeking treatment for addiction </a> is on the rise as well. Much more needs to be done as the illegal drug trade continues to target vulnerable individuals in an effort to hold on to their market share. Another issue that has to be addressed is the cultural acceptance of alcohol abuse in Alaska. The statistics support that the majority of accidental deaths in Alaska still occur due to intoxication than any other single factor. Until there is more widespread education, and a social trend towards making intoxication and drug abuse unacceptable, the problem will continue. You can help by talking to those around you that may have a problem and help them find information about potential treatment programs. It also can help to choose not to use, or socially support, illegal drug use in your home or community.</p> 2014 Drug Trends in Alabama http://www.alltreatment.com/alabama-drug-trends Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:01:10 +0000 <h1> 2014 Drug Trends in Alabama</h1> <p> The 2014 drug trends in Alabama continue to show an upward rise in use and ease of procurement. While most of the illicit drugs available within the state are arriving from beyond its borders, there has been significant growth in the availability of illicit drugs that are made or grown within Alabama. This has led to an increase in the ease of procurement, as well as a drop in the prices. The issue of drug abuse continues to effect the population of the state to a great degree &ndash; regardless of the area, class or income of the population.</p> <h2> What illicit drugs are most common in Alabama?</h2> <p> The main&nbsp;<a 2014="" blog="" exploring-drugs-and-substances="" href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2014/exploring-drugs-and-substances/" http:="" www.alltreatment.com="">illicit drugs </a> that are available in Alabama are marijuana, methamphetamine (meth), cocaine, crack (crack cocaine), and other synthetic drugs. The illicit drug that continues to show the most abuse and trafficking within the state remains cocaine. There has also been a significant rise in the abuse and trafficking of prescription drugs. These are drugs that may be legally or illegally acquired, are made for legal distribution, but then are sold or used illicitly.</p> <h2> Where are the drugs coming from?</h2> <p> In examining the true cost of illegal prescription drug use you also have to look beyond just the person using them. If the drugs were stolen from someone who was prescribed them, then that person is denied adequate care by the drug user. As certain medications become more popular for illegal drug use, clinicians and clinics can become more reluctant to prescribe them &ndash; which again means that someone who really needs the drug will have a much harder time getting them. There are also some serious side effects associated with many of the prescription drugs used which will not only harm the drug abuser, but will also increase the impact of cost to the State for care.</p> <h2> How does rehab and treatment help stop illegal drugs?</h2> <p> The formula is simple, if there is no demand for illegal drugs then the illegal drugs will go away. The problem is that for many people with addiction tendencies, the easy availability of illegal drugs in Alabama makes it possible for them to become users, and then addicted rather than to seek longer term <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/al/alabama-treatment-centers"> solutions </a> to their problems. This is why the involvement of the person in an intervention program, in-patient, out-patient and long term drug rehabilitation programs is essential in making sure that a person can quit using drugs, learn to handle their addiction and not return to drug use. It is only be working person by person to change the acceptance of drugs as a <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2014/why-do-people-try-drugs/"> recreational or relief activity </a> that the illegal drug trade in Alabama can be eliminated.</p> <p> <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6b/Drugpackscorpion.png" style="height: 300px; width: 400px;" /></p> Heroin Abuse in Wisconsin http://www.alltreatment.com/heroin-abuse-wisconsin Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:59:54 +0000 <p> When you think of drug abuse, what do you think of? Most people think of large sprawling areas, like New York and San Francisco, or they think about places that have a lot of bars and shady places where drug deals can be me and alcohol abuse can run rampant. But that&rsquo;s simply not the case anymore. Heroin and other &ldquo;hard drugs&rdquo; have become a problem in more rural areas, including areas like <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/wi">Wisconsin</a>, where there are a number of people trying the drugs and starting to abuse them every day. Also its exploited people aren&#39;t solidified addicts, either. <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2013/wisconsin-heroin-epidemic/">They&#39;re youngsters and junior grown-ups from varying backgrounds</a>.</p> <p> Heroin is an illicit and profoundly addictive drug that could be smoked, sniffed or infused specifically into the circulation system. Numerous youngsters are turning to heroin now that doctor prescribed medications, which were the most regularly utilized illicit substance that teens would use, along with pot, have ended up more troublesome to acquire and abuse. Heroin is rather inexpensive to obtain, depending on where you are trying to get it. What&#39;s more its expanding prominence has made the drug that much less difficult to get. In short, it&rsquo;s easy to get, it gives people the &ldquo;high&rdquo; that they&rsquo;re looking for, and it&rsquo;s inexpensive. The perfect storm of reasons for places <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/blog/2013/high-levels-of-prescription-drugs-found-in-lake-michigan/">like Wisconsin and other areas around Lake Michigan</a> to have this illegal druig epidemic occur.</p> <p> In its purest structure, heroin is a fine white powder. At the same time heroin that you buy on the street looks light black to dull tan or dark and can have a tar-like consistency. That is on account of merchants &quot;cutting&quot; the pill with different substances, from Benadryl and sugar to quinine and other stimulants. These added substances make it difficult to know a measurement&#39;s quality or immaculateness. Also since heroin can perilously moderate heart and lung works, each hit is a tremendous danger. Basically, it&rsquo;s a dangerous thing and you have to be careful &ndash; you don&rsquo;t know where you&rsquo;re getting it from, you don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s in it, and heroin on its own is dangerous &ndash; why would you mess with it?</p> <p> <img alt="" src="/uploads/images/wisconsin-heroin.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px;" /></p> <p> <a href="http://www.alltreatment.com/heroin-addiction">Heroin is also incredibly addictive</a> &ndash; more so than a lot of other substances. Our bodies will also build up tolerance to it quite quickly as well, which means that people end up needing it more and more as time goes on, which makes it even more likely that overdosing and, yes, death can occur. It&rsquo;s just too big of a risk, and Wisconsin is just starting to learn how to deal with it in a safe way that helps to prevent these sorts of things from happening to their constituents.</p> <p> The numbers uncover a developing epidemic. The amount of heroin cases that are taken care of by police and medical professionals have expanded in practically every Wisconsin area all around the most recent three years. So have the amount of heroin-related deaths, climbing something like 50 percent a year ago to 199, as stated by a late overview of region coroners. By examination, Wisconsin arrived at the midpoint of 29 such deaths every year from 2000 to 2007. That means more and more people are dying deaths that could have been prevented if someone had done something about it.</p> <p> So what is the state of Wisconsin doing? Everything that they can in order to try and stop it from spreading further. Obviously, they are cracking down on crime, but that doesn&rsquo;t fix everything. There are plenty of people who use these illegal substances on a regular basis and do not get caught for doing it. Because of this, people end up dying alone because they&rsquo;re too afraid of what legal repercussions may occur. That&rsquo;s why prevention, education, and law modifications have been occurring in the state. All of these things make it more likely for heroin users to come out of the closet and get the help that they need in order to break free of their addictions. As the attitude and techniques change, the more people will end up being saved and set free.</p> <p> Heroin isn&rsquo;t the only drug being abused in Wisconsin either, but it is the most prominent and perhaps the most dangerous one. There are drug treatment centers around the state that work to help people break free of heroin addictions, it&rsquo;s just a matter of getting the resources and the information to the people who are in need of them. If you are struggling with addiction in Wisconsin, there are resources you can use in order to break free from them.</p>