Texas, popularly known as the Lone Star Sate, has had a long and fascinating history as the second-largest state in America. Much of the US’s romantic tradition of western and cowboy-centric movies, novels and music have strong associations with the state. The people of Texas, are fiercely loyal to the concept of Texas having its own unique identity, despite its membership as part of the United States. This largely stems from the fact that Texas actually was its own republic for almost ten years after it seceded from Mexico in 1836.
Texas also seceded from the United States in 1860 as the American Civil War began. This means that it was only in the Union for about fifteen years before separating once again. While the end of the Civil War brought unification, the state has been wary of being too closely tied to what it considers “northern” values ever since. Despite the strong sense of independence and old-time values that Texans cherish, recent decades have seen a surge of drug abuse in several areas that no one in the state is proud of. Here are several other facts about the state of drug addiction and drug rehab in Texas.
Texas Drug Abuse Facts & Statistics
The main drug facts and statistics regarding substance abuse issues are as follows:
- Texas is one of the top ten states for past-year cocaine use among teenagers 12 to 17.
- 7.32 percent of Texas residents admit to using illegal drugs in the past month, which is lower than the national average of 8.82 percent of Americans in general.
- The number of Texas residents that die as a direct result of their drug use is lower than the national average. In Texas, 10.1 out of every 100,000 people die as a direct result of using drugs, whereas the national average is 12.8 people per 100,000.
Texas Drugs of Abuse
No two drugs have the exact same rates of abuse in Texas. Here is information on how each one is being abused in recent years.
- Heroin use has been higher in Texas than in many other American states. It has ranged between being responsible for 15 to 20 percent of all drug treatment admissions for the past twenty years, and today it sits right at 20 percent of all admissions.
- Marijuana is responsible for the majority of drug treatment admissions in the state, at about 33 percent of all admissions.
- Cocaine and crack have been declining in usage and the number of drug treatment admissions since their height of being responsible for 60 percent of all admissions in 1993. This mirrors the drug’s decline across the rest of the United States over the last two decades.
- Meth has grown in its abuse rates in the state. Stimulants such as meth are now responsible for about 12 percent of all treatment admissions.
Recent Drug Use News in Texas
A recent shooting spree in the small town of Terrell, Texas has potentially been linked to drug use. On October 29th, suspect Charles Everett Brownlow Jr. killed five people in the town before fleeing from police. Helicopter and K9 units were later able to locate Brownlow after he tried to hide in a wild area near a creek. Now the suspect’s brother has come forward and said that Brownlow dealt with ongoing drug addiction. The chief of police also stated that Brownlow appeared to be intoxicated on some sort of drug while committing the crimes. These events have underscored the potential danger of violence committed by drug addicts in any community.
Information about Texas Drug Treatment
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Texas Sources & Resources for Drug Treatment
WhiteHouse.gov – Texas Drug Control Update: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_texas_0.pdf
Inquisitr.com: Terrell Texas Killing Spree – Drugs Blamed For Shooting: http://www.inquisitr.com/1014653/terrell-texas-killing-spree-drugs-blamed-for-shooting-update/