In North Carolina, adolescent girls are getting more and more involved with alcohol and drug use. According to North Carolina's Treatment Outcomes and Program Performance System (NC-TOPPS), marijuana seems to be the most popular substance use. 53% of girls in high school and 18% in middle school, reported using marijuana one or more times. When it comes to prescription drugs in North Carolina, 17% of high school girls and 9% of girls in middle school, have admitted to using them. The most popular prescription drugs being used are oxycontin, vicodin, percocet, xanax, valium, Ritalin and adderall.
In 2007, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), North Carolina drug and alcohol detox centers had a total of 4,971 admissions. The number was very low for those who completed treatment which was 384, transfers were 1,731, those who quit detox 2,263 and 593 were under other reasons.Then in 2008, North Carolina provided treatment services to 5,440 girls aged 12-17 years old. North Carolina has 241 drug and alcohol detox centers if you know of anyone who is searching for one.
In 2007, North Carolina put into action the North Carolina Substances Reporting System Act which is directed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. The reporting system monitors Scheduled drugs II, III, IV and V of which the data information is collected weekly. In 2008 alone, there was an estimated 17,000,000 prescription records collected. North Carolina also has the Per Se standard law that states it is illegal for anyone under 21 years old to be driving a motor vehicle while having any kind of illegal substance or alcohol in their system that has been taken previously, is not legally prescribed and consumed in inappropriate amounts. As of 2011, the Office of Narcotics Drug Control Policies (ONDCP), provided 8 Drug Free Communities (DFC) Programs to help organize and mobilize their communities to prevent drug use among their youth. North Carolina also has the Atlanta HIDTA which their main focus is to investigate illegal operations of Mexican-based drug cartels. They are the main passageway for transporting the illegal drugs through the Eastern United States and takes back illegal proceeds to Mexico. North Carolina is also starting to have an increased threat of Mexican black tar heroin which HIDTA is also focusing on.
If you are considering a drug and alcohol detox center for a loved one, it is very crucial that you inspect the program(s) that are appealing so that your loved one can feel safe, confident and comfortable in the place that is chosen.