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Drug Addiction in South Carolina South Carolina's coastal regions and inland mountains make it popular for year-round families as well as tourists. While the state carries the nation-wide burden of drug epidemics, like most Southern states it does not face problems as severe as many other areas of the country.

The Deep South Meets Chronic Drug Addiction

There is little heroin and crack cocaine abuse in urban areas in South Carolina, and even methand prescription drug abuse rates are below average. With the majority of the population spread between seven urban centers, and a significant portion of the population living in outlying mountainous and swamp areas, drug abuse in South Carolina is spread out and tough to identify and eliminate. One of the reasons is the availability of drugs. Drug use can often be broken down into two groups: the kind that is supplied by a major drug cartel, and the smaller local operations. Along the coast and in cities such as Colombia, Mexican drug cartels operate effectively and profitably peddling heroin, cocaine, marjuana, and so on. But despite being one of the world's largest and most dangerous criminal enterprises, drug traffickers do not supply the entire state with drugs. In far-away and isolated areas, it is not profitable to distribute. Therefore, cities and towns found in the West part of South Carolina often abuse the second kind of drug. These are drugs that can be legally obtained, or their ingredients can be legally obtained almost anywhere and can be made without relying on professional drug dealers or chemists. Alcohol, methamphetamine, and prescription drugs are the most well known and abused of these drugs. Part of meth's popularity is that someone can get all the equipment to homebrew meth relatively affordably, buy or steal the necessary ingredients, and create their own supply of addictive crystal methamphetamine and make a tidy profit off of it. Alcohol and prescription drugs, which also happen to be two of the most addictive and dangerous drugs in the world, are legal and available nationwide. Alcoholism is the most popularly abuse drug despite the thousands of deaths and the suffering it creates for millions of people in America.

Prescription drugs are now the leading cause of accidental death in America. Prescription opiates such as oxycontin and vicodin are as addictive as heroin and far more available and accessible. The most commonly prescribed psychiatric drug in America, Xanax, is also one of the most dangerous. Xanax, like valium, is under the drug class of benzodiazepines, which have impacted drug abusers significantly in the past few years. Out of the 22,810 deaths related to pharmaceutical overdoses in 2011, 6,872 involved benzodiazepines; people who died of drug overdoses often had a combination of benzodiazepines and opioid analgesics in their system.

What is most problematic both in South Carolina and nationwide is the approach on what needs to be done to end drug addiction, such as gaining greater awareness to the public about the dangers of drug abuse.Decades of law enforcement policies certainly have not improved the situation noticeably, and millions of addicts have tried to quit drugs by themselves and failed. Decades of law enforcement policies certainly have not improved the situation noticeably, and millions of addicts have tried to quit drugs by themselves and fail. What is missing from many of these shattered lives is help with healing psychological and emotional problems, and this is the most valuable service drug rehab centers have to offer, for at a drug and alcohol rehab center, detoxification is only the first step towards the recovery process. Therapeutic treatment after detox exposes patients to traditional and alternative therapies that will help heal mental trauma and encourage healthy living. The intent is that the encouragement and sense of self-worth developed during this time will help individuals battle against future temptations and thoughts of relapse that ordinarily would be too powerful to resist.

South Carolina cities with high drug abuse trends: Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Summerville, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, Anderson, Lexington, Florence, and Sumter

South Carolina counties with statistically high substance abuse: Greenville, Richland, Charleston, Horry, Lexington, Spartanburg, York, Anderson, Berkeley, Beaufort, Dorchester, Aiken, Florence, Pickens, and Sumter

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