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What is the Drug Situation in Texas?

Though the state of Texas has been hit hard with illicit drug use and trafficking, you may or may not be surprised that Alcohol is in fact the primary drug of abuse in the Lone Star state. Of particular concern is heavy consumption, or binge drinking, even among youth (grades 7-12). Marijuana is the primary illicit drug of abuse according to primary drug treatment admissions in Texas and also been rising in price but the standard of quality has been decreasing since 1992. Synthetic marijuana is also a continuing problem for Texas. Since it is not easily traceable by standard drug tests, they are most commonly used by those already in drug treatment to avoid testing positive for marijuana.

While stimulants like cocaine or crack/cocaine are seeing a decrease in use, heroin is becoming a growing problem, particularly in young adults. Once a contained issue in big cities like Dallas, heroin is spreading steadily across all counties.

Quick Facts on Substance Abuse in Texas

  • In 2012, 58 percent of Texas secondary school students in grades 7–12 had ever used alcohol, and 25 percent had consumed alcohol in the last month.
  • In 2012, 29 percent of all clients admitted to 4 publicly-funded treatment programs in Texas had a primary problem with alcohol.
  • Marijuana is the most commonly cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in the state, followed by cocaine and heroin respectively. 
  • The Dallas FD is a major transshipment and distribution center for cannabis imported from Mexico. Sophisticated indoor grows continue to be frequently encountered. The organizations responsible for the indoor grows have the capability to cultivate and distribute multiple hundred pounds of high-grade cannabis
  • Texas does not currently have a Per Se standard, but a person commits an offense if they are intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place. Texas’ definition of intoxicated is not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties by reason of the introduction of alcohol, a controlled substance, a drug, a dangerous drug, a combination of two or more of those substances, or any other substance into the body.
  • The state of Texas receives support and funding for community-based prevention programs (Drug Free Communities or DFC) in 16 different counties.

Finding Drug or Alcohol Treatment in Texas

If you or a loved one is ready to conquer an addiction to drugs or alcohol, recovery is possible. Whether you live in Texas or elsewhere, recoveryas.com can give you or your loved one the resources necessary to make a turnaround into lifelong sobriety. Call 1 (877) 968-6283 and we will locate a facility offering the recovery treatments you need, all at no charge to you. With the right chemical addiction treatment, thousands of people are finding lasting freedom from their drug or alcohol dependency.

If your insurance coverage is with one of the following companies, recoveryas.com can help you find the help you need. We can work with any PPO coverage and also offer affordable self-pay and financing options for addiction treatment.