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Drug Addiction in Texas

Alcohol and Drugs in the Lonestar State

Texas has many severe and unique complications stemming from the nation's drug epidemic. Its border is the primary source for the vast majority of the nation's drug supply, particularly when it comes to marijuanacocaineheroin and methamphetamine. And while the state actually has a below-average incidence of drug addiction, crimes related to drug trafficking occur statewide on a daily basis, and Texas' urban centers suffer acutely from drug problems that are relatively rare in most Southern and Southwestern states.

Houston and Dallas in particular suffer from a boom in heroin, meth, and crack cocaine use, especially in poverty stricken areas. Prescription pill abuse is also extremely problematic in the state. This is in part because Houston is the third largest supplier of the nation's prescription narcotics behind Southern California and Southern Florida. Houston's giant pharmaceutical industry is rife with those ready and willing to shuffle these popular and addictive drugs onto the black market. As a result, overdosing on drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and depressants such as Xanax and Valium, are now the leading cause of accidental death in the country.

Another incidental problem that Texas bears a heavy burden for is the drug trade. Of the thousands of miles of border with Mexico, most of it is within the state of Texas. Millions of dollars are spent every year patrolling this border in attempts to seize drugs that inevitably reach markets all over the nation and even into Canada. Unfortunately unlike most states that only have to deal with the crime and suffering unleashed by drug addiction, the drug trade itself also unleashes its own problems all across the state.

While prohibition is a difficult and an unrealized goal for many of the nation's drug problems, what is gradually making a big difference in states such as Texas is a new emphasis on drug rehabilitation. Many government agencies are actually doing this because the cost of imprisonment, as well as incidental outcomes such as relapses and drug crimes, are much higher than the cost of an effective drug rehab program. However, those who are familiar with the nature of drug addiction also know professional rehab is the best and most effective way for people to get help for their problems.  Prison and do-it-yourself detoxification have been shown to work only on an unfortunately small percentage of alcoholics and drug addicts. However, detox supplemented by a safe, secure environment, peer groups, and mental health counseling have much better chances. The most important part of getting sober from drugs is staying sober - therefore addiction treatment counseling and therapy is essential to rebuild confidence, self-worth, and the will to live a healthy lifestyle once again.

Texas cities with high drug abuse trends: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Spring, Corpus Christi, Plano, Katy, Laredo, Lubbock, Garland, Irving, Amarillo, Brownsville, Mission, Grand Prairie, Mckinney, Pasadena, Sugar Land, Waco, Tyler, Round Rock, Mcallen, Mesquite, Odessa, and Edinburg

Texas counties with statistically high substance abuse: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Hidalgo, Collin, El Paso, Denton, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Williamson, Cameron, Nueces, Galveston, Brazoria, Bell, Lubbock, Webb, Jefferson, Mclennan, Smith, Brazos, Hays, Johnson, Ellis, Gregg, Ector

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