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Georgia is known as the "Peach State." Unfortunately, it is also known as one of the states through which those who are transporting illegal drugs from Florida and some foreign countries pass on their way to New York and other Northern states, as well as Canada.

Efforts are being made to curb illegal drug trafficking in and through Georgia as well as provide treatment for those Georgia residents who suffer from substance abuse addiction. There is still much to be done, however, as statistics will show.

A survey of 33,339 Georgia residents was taken. Results of this survey show that alcohol alone abuse (this means that persons who admitted to an alcohol addiction did not use other drugs as well, they only used alcohol) was the highest of all other substances that residents abused or were addicted to. 8,802 Georgia residents admitted to this problem. 4,143 admitted to being addicted to both alcohol and another drug.

5,477 residents admitted to being addicted to cocaine, which they smoked in the form of "crack" rocks. An additional 1,997 admitted to cocaine use in which they injected, inhaled, or introduced cocaine into their bodies by another method. Marijuana use was next, with 4,576 Georgia residents admitting addiction.

Methamphetamine use and/or addiction was next, with 1,535 persons admitting use; 622 Georgia residents surveyed admitted to heroin use. Use of smoked cocaine and meth by both males and females was almost evenly split. 54.6% of males and 45.4% of females admitted to smoking cocaine, while 51.3% of males and 48.7% of females admitted to meth use. The greatest disparity between male and female usage was noted in alcohol only abuse. Only 27.5% of the women surveyed admitted to abusing or being addicted to alcohol, as opposed to 72.5% of males.

Cocaine by other route use was reported by 61.5% of males and 38.5% of females; marijuana use was shown to affect 64.0% of males and 36.0% of females. The numbers for heroin were 67.2% male, 32.8%. These figures can be disheartening, until one looks at the number of people who were admitted for substance abuse treatment to one of the 171 drug abuse treatment centers in Georgia. These figures are broken down by age category.

Those residents who ranged in age from 21-25 years old who were admitted for treatment for meth addiction was 22.4%. This was the highest figure of all in all age categories for all substance abuse admissions. Hopefully, this means that Georgia residents are becoming more aware of the dangers of meth addiction, and are determined to overcome it.

Those with a true desire to overcome any substance abuse addiction can choose from many different types of drug abuse treatment centers for the help they need. For example, some centers are equipped to handle those persons who are considered senior citizens, but suffer from a drug addiction. (Remember, addiction knows no age limits, socio-economic income, ethnicity, or anything else.) Other centers were designed to accept adolescents, with their specific needs as they relate to substance abuse addiction.

Still other drug abuse treatment centers have been set up to where they can actually provide care comparable to that found in a hospital for detoxification (also known as withdrawal). Patients entering facilities such as these are actually considered as being in a "hospital inpatient" status; in other words, it is just the same as if they had been admitted to a regular hospital.

Other drug abuse treatment centers are considered "residential long term" facilities. This means that patients who enter these facilities can remain there for an extended period of time (which may be as long as one year). During that time, they will consider these places their residences; they will not leave, but will receive drug abuse rehab services such as counseling and attending support groups, as well as vocational training and other services which will let them re-enter society as a productive member when they are finally able or ready to do so.

References:

http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/state_factsheets.html
http://www.prweb.com/releases/University_of_Georgia/substance_abuse/prweb2013454.htm

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