The modern-day South Carolina was originally a portion of the province of Carolina. Later, South Carolina became one of the original thirteen colonies that rebelled and formed the United States. South Carolina was later one of the leading states pushing for strong laws to protect the institution of slavery and the idea of the South seceding from the United States. The state later seceded from the Union at the beginning of the Civil War and was only readmitted eight years later.
In modern day, the state has struggled with high unemployment and widespread poverty. Twenty percent of South Carolina residents, for example, live in manufactured homes. The recession in the late 2000s was not kind to the state, and it has taken time for the state’s economy, much of which relies on manufacturing and agricultural products such as tobacco, has taken time to recover. Due to this lowered prosperity, drug use has been able to continue unchecked in the state.
The South Carolina Drug Problem
Below are several other facts about the state of drug addiction and drug rehab in South Carolina in regards to drug abuse within the state:
- South Carolina is one of the top ten states for marijuana use and cocaine use among adults aged 26 and older.
- 8.82 percent of South Carolina residents admit to using illegal drugs in the past month, which is on par with the national average of 8.82 percent of Americans in general.
- The number of South Carolina residents that die as a direct result of their drug use is much lower than the national average. In South Carolina, 13.8 out of every 100,000 people die as a direct result of using drugs, which is slightly higher than the national average of 12.8 people per 100,000.
Major Drugs of Abuse in South Carolina
According to a Carolina Live news article called ‘One Pill at a Time’ the prescription drug problem in the state of South Carolina has continued to grow. So much that there have been a series of statewide events called Prescription Take Back Days where residents can drop off unused and unwanted medications. Like other states the vast majority of prescription drug users are accessing these medications from their home medicine cabinets.
Here is a look at other drug abuse issues in the state of South Carolina:
- Heroin is largely unused in South Carolina and bumps along at a treatment admission rate of about 2 percent. This is lower than even meth, which is responsible for only about 5 percent of all treatment admissions.
- Marijuana is the most popular drug in the state by a large amount. It is responsible for about 55 percent of all drug treatment admissions, and the number just continues to climb. This is also a 45 percent increase in usage of the drug since 1992.
- Cocaine and crack are continuing to decline in usage and in treatment admissions. They are responsible for about 18 percent of all treatment admissions. This decline is matched by the rise in prescription drug abuse, which is now also responsible for 18 percent of drug treatment admissions.
Options for Drug Treatment in South Carolina
The state of South Carolina has a variety of drug treatment and alcohol rehab options for residents including:
- Residential rehab
- Outpatient treatment programs
- 12 step programs
- Holistic facilities
- Religious programs
Finding the right one all gauges on knowing what makes a successful rehab that gets results. Some of the things to look for are results rate, or outcome, facility reviews, accreditation and certifications and community support. This as well as safety in the environment within the center as well as outside of it is also key.
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Resources & Sources for South Carolina Drug Treatment
WhiteHouse.gov: South Carolina Drug Control Update – http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_south_carolina_0.pdf
Carolina Live: One pill at a time: Communities combat prescription drug abuse – http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=963697#.UovPimRgZKk