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North Carolina Drug Statistics and Facts

  • There were 59,738 admissions to North Carolina drug rehabilitation programs, and North Carolina alcohol rehabilitation programs, in 2010, according to the government agency Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Of these admissions, almost 70 percent were men.
  • Around 21 percent of North Carolina addiction treatment programs offer detoxification of some kind.
  • Cocaine, especially Crack Cocaine, is widely abused in North Carolina. The rate of Cocaine abuse in North Carolina is similar to the national rate, according to the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
  • 1.9% people surveyed, in North Carolina, reported having abused Cocaine in the past year compared with 1.7% nationwide, according to the 1999 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse
  • The number of Cocaine related treatment admissions increased 21% from 14,848 in 1996 to 17,935 in 1999 and was higher than the number of treatment admissions for any other illegal drug, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
  • In 1999, Cocaine was present in almost 32% of drug-related deaths reported by the medical examiner that includes deaths attributed to barbiturate, antidepressant, Cocaine, Heroin/Morphine and multiple drug abuse.
  • According to the North Carolina medical examiner's office, the number of deaths in which Cocaine was a part increased 12% from 65 in 1999 to 73 in 2000.
  • In 2000, Cocaine was present in more than 30% of drug-related deaths, in North Carolina.
  • In 2000, according to the Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program, 43.5% of adult male arrestees in Charlotte, North Carolina tested positive for Cocaine.
  • Powdered Cocaine and Crack Cocaine are abused throughout North Carolina, and Crack is the kind of Cocaine most commonly abused. Crack Cocaine is often abused in low-income communities in urban, and rural areas, although individuals in more prosperous neighborhoods also abuse the drug.
  • Powdered Cocaine abuse usually is concentrated in urban and rural areas, in North Carolina, where groups of friends gather and abuse the drug in homes, nightclubs, and bars
  • North Carolina law enforcement officials, report that youth from wealthy neighborhoods sometimes abuse powdered Cocaine mixed with Heroin, a practice known as "speedball", at raves and nightclubs.
  • Cocaine is easily available in North Carolina. Most of the powdered Cocaine distributed in the state is turned locally into crack. Law enforcement officials estimate that 75% to 80% of all powdered Cocaine available in the state is turned to Crack prior to retail distribution.
  • Only one quarter of the existing alcohol and drug rehabilitation centers, in North Carolina provide mental health services along with addiction treatment services.
  • There were 10,258 people who entered treatment for alcohol as the primary dependence, in North Carolina. An additional 9,861 persons were admitted for alcohol dependence mixed with a secondary drug.
  • Most violent crime in North Carolina proceeds from abuse and distribution of Crack Cocaine. Local independent dealers and gangs commit violent crimes including homicides and assaults to defend their turf or settle outstanding debts.
  • In 2010, 5,463 people, in North Carolina, were admitted to drug treatment for smoking Cocaine, and an additional 2,157 people entered treatment for ingesting Cocaine through other means than smoking.
  • North Carolina Heroin availability and use was low in the past, but it is reportedly increasing. That increase is confined to the major central and the eastern city centers in the state. 1,727 people were admitted for heroin addiction treatment in 2010.
  • 12, 745 people were admitted for Marijuana addiction in 2010. Marijuana remains a regularly abused drug in North Carolina. Todays Marijuana has a much higher THC content than the Marijuana in the 60s and 70s, making it a much more powerful and dangerous.
  • 1,125 North Carolina residents died in 2007 due to drug use. North Carolinas average death from drug use was much the same to that of the national average in 2007 at 12.7 percent per 100,000.