In the United States alone there is over 23 million people from the ages of twelve and above that are either addicted to alcohol or to drugs. It is really a nationwide problem that needs to be dealt with. Addiction is caused but quite a few factors. It could be genetic making it a chronic disease. It could be environmental factors that cause one to become dependent of drugs as well as alcohol. It could also be the environment that is influencing a person to start partaking in drug and alcohol abuse. There are a few symptoms that show that a person is now an addict and needs to seek help for the addiction. The first symptom is that the person will now be seeking the drug or alcohol to maintain the high feeling or to remain intoxicated. When one starts to feel withdrawal symptoms or continues to take the substance in order to avoid the withdrawal symptoms. For those drugs that are prescribed, one knows that they are now an addict when they want more of the drug and not for the reason it was initially prescribed for. When one fails to cut down on taking alcohol or drugs all they think off is finding ways to get the next high. Addicts will waste a lot of time if not all their time trying to obtain the substance or a lot of time trying to recover from the initial high. Because of the quantity they will be taking in it takes them a lot longer with each doses to get back to normal. To identify an addict one can see how they become social recluse. They no longer want to participate in social activities, they are hardly present at work or can barely maintain employment. Social gatherings make them nervous so they will even distance themselves from family. When illness occurs, despite the drugs or alcohol posing a threat to their health they will not find it easy to stop and will continue to their detriment. Addiction has cause many deaths in the United States.
Addiction in the State of Arizona
Arizona is one of the worst hit States in the United States. Being the second largest State after Texas to have the highest volume of drugs smuggled into the country. This is of course due to them being about 400 miles away from the Mexican border and so near Sonora, this is a Mexican state which is well known for being the hub of drug trafficking. Arizona does not stand a chance. This then gives a rise to the level of addiction in this State. It also brings a rise to violence between the drug cartels who are looking to take control over drug trafficking in certain areas. Arizona is seen to be the hub of the illegal drug trade on the bi-coastal routes in the country.
Looking at the drugs that are being distributed in Arizona, Meth users are between the ages of 31 and 40 years. They make up about 38% of drug addicts in Arizona. This drug is not only coming in from Mexico but it is also coming up on the local front as there are now home laboratories where the drug dealers and users are cooking it themselves right in their kitchens or back yards. Because of this drug being made at home it has made it harder to tackle the problem and reduce the amount of drug on the street as well as the number of addicts taking this drug.
Methamphetamine Detox Chart
Taken in its most concentrated and dangerous state as crack cocaine, most of the users and addicts of cocaine are between the ages of 31 and 40 years old and they are about 42% of them. They smoke this drug. Mostly compared to the other methods of consuming it. Cocaine is however found on the streets of Arizona as both crack and the powder form. This drug has been a problem for many decades. Cocaine is highly addictive and has shown to cause a lot of damage to the body as well as cause death. And research as shown that if in Arizona the drug is shut down it can save many lives all across the country and cripple the trade as a whole.
Cocaine Detox Chart
The heroin addicts statistically in Arizona have been seen to be slightly older. They range between the ages of 36 and 40 years old. They make up about 43% of addicts that have sort treatment for heroin addiction. It is known as Mexican or “black tar” heroin. It is one of cheapest drugs on the market and is very accessible easy to smuggle into the country. However in 2015 there has been a rise in the number of younger people getting addicted to the drug because of how cheap it is. High schools have now been targeted and more teens are finding themselves hooked on the drug. Most rehab facilities in Arizona are starting to report a rise of heroin addict admissions.
Heroin Detox Chart
46% of drug users in Arizona are addicted to marijuana. You will find the majority between the ages of 21 and 30 years old. It is apparently very easy to get a hold of this drug compared to the others. It is also brought in through the borders of Mexico. It would appear there is a steady flow of drug abusers of this particular drug. It is seen to be the first drug of choice that teenagers will try and some professional adults also engage in smoking it thinking it is less harmless compared to the other drugs. It is a drug that is produced both locally and across the border.
Marijuana Detox Chart
This is an addiction that through the rehabilitation centers on Arizona sees the most people. 77% of people treated with addiction are alcoholics. It is said the majority of them are men who are battling with this addiction. However when they are being treated for this addiction it turns out that they are not just addicted to alcohol but accompanying that addiction is either cocaine, heroin, marijuana and meth.
Alcohol Detox Chart
Other drugs and their end results
Other drugs that have been seen to be on the rise in Arizona are oxycodone and hydrocodone. There has been a steady rise now and mostly with high school students. They state makes over 100 arrests of people on these drugs. Students who cannot get a hold of OxyContin because it is a prescribed drug and is being restricted more and more are now turning to heroin because of how cheap it is. It would appear now that in Arizona they now have numbers per month of 140 deaths that are caused by addicts high on alcohol as well as over 30 people dying from drug over doses. Arizona has a very big addiction problem that would appear to be affected greatly by it being in the path of the drug transportation route. Until this problem is sorted out they will see a continuing stream of addictions and even a rise.