South Carolina has grown to be one of the southeast’s premier distribution and shipment center for narcotics and other illicit substances. Miscellaneous criminal groups, and gangs of all cultures and backgrounds dominate the state’s illegal drug underground. Its close proximity to Atlanta has made its residence vulnerable to a number of deadly substance abuse threats such as cocaine and methamphetamine, which are the leading causes of local drug and alcohol rehab enrollments. Other threats include a growing illegal prescription problem, as well as a booming domestic and foreign marijuana trade. South Carolina’s many major highways have made movement of illegal drugs via ground transportation a relatively simple matter, and the shipment method of choice for many domestic distributors. Drug and alcohol rehabs are needed throughout the state to effectively combat the numerous substance abuse threats facing residents in all regions. South Carolina’s neutral location for states ranging from Florida all the way up to New York, have made it an ideal meeting place for the regions innumerable independent distributors, and a market in which users have access to the widest possible variety of illegal drugs.
The institutional commitment to quality drug rehab is one of the most crucial elements to the survival and wellness of the state’s population. Given the diverse nature of the state’s illegal drug market, law enforcement officials and prevention advocates must remain dedicated to the continued develop of quality treatment facilities and methodologies. Thankfully, there are already a number of proven and reputable programs set up for the state’s addicted population to find their way back to lasting mental health. Professionals who administer these programs are well educated as to the substance abuse problems facing the state, and will work hard to address the totality of your condition-not the symptoms.
Like many other states, South Carolina is home a large population of underage drinkers, making the need for local alcohol rehab even more immediate. In addition to the state’s younger population, alcoholism continues to claim residents of every cultural background, economic status, and age group. There are a variety of facilities in which patients can defeat their alcohol addiction, and live a life worthy of strength and character. These facilities will help them develop the willpower to resist alcohol in social situations, and heighten their awareness as to the origins of their problem.
The first step to any successful rehabilitation program, detox is the process through which the substance abuse-related chemicals in patients’ systems are expelled in the interest of starting their recovery off with a clean bill of health. It’s an essential part of the process that should only be conducted by an experienced professional. Those who attempt to self-detox, or make a lazy or hasty choice, run the risk of an unnecessarily arduous withdrawal process which can ultimately discourage them from further rehab altogether. The best detox facilities will place a high premium on patient comfort.
Often considered a less dangerous form of substance abuse, marijuana abuse is popular in all regions of the state. The bulk of South Carolina’s marijuana supply originates in Mexico, and is shipped in through southern states such as Florida and Texas. This combined with the influx of Canadian product from Colorado and Illinois, and an increasing domestic cultivation problem have made marijuana the most commonly abused illegal drug in the state. Many rehab patients cite marijuana as their initial foray into substance abuse, and have reported using it in conjunction with other illicit, more deadly substances. The local marijuana trade is controlled by various independent dealers, many of whom cultivate limited runs of higher-potency product right in their own backyards.
Possibly the most dangerous and widespread illegal drug epidemic facing residents, cocaine addiction has managed to infiltrate all regions of the state. South Carolina’s cocaine supply mainly originates in Mexico, and is funneled through Chicago, Texas, Florida and Georgia. Controlling factions of the state’s cocaine trade include various gangs and criminal groups for whom violence and territorialism are common practice. Crack and powder addiction have turned many of the state’s urban areas and coastal cities into dangerous and impoverished places.
For now heroin addiction poses a comparatively low threat in South Carolina. Fatalities, arrests and rehab admissions associated with heroin addiction in South Carolina remain limited. The small amount of heroin that does exist in the state is confined to its inner cities. Despite the current lull in heroin-related activity in the state, law enforcement officials revealed that prices have decreased, and are keeping a close eye on the matter in an effort to stem proliferation. The most common variety of heroin in South Carolina continues to be Mexican “black tar.”
During the past decade methamphetamine addiction in South Carolina has graduated to epidemic proportions. Foreign smuggling of Mexican product through Chicago, Florida, Texas, Georgia and various states in the Northeast is only half the problem; the state also houses a widespread domestic market in which limited runs of high-purity product are cooked up in clandestine and unsanitary labs by various independent dealers. Though local law enforcement has taken drastic steps in the eradication of methamphetamine, including numerous lab seizures and the banning of ephedrine (a main ingredient of methamphetamine) abuse and distribution remain high.
Oxycontin, hydrocodone, methadone, and Xanax are the most commonly abused prescription drugs in South Carolina. Popular causes of prescription drug addiction include doctor shopping, person-to-person and pharmaceutical theft, unregulated Internet sales, and improper use of a legitimate supply. The emergence of pain management clinics, in which patients are given prescriptions without any regard for their addiction or medical history, has also greatly contributed to the problem. Prescription abuse has forced residents in every region of South Carolina into rehab.
Club drug addiction is claiming an increasingly large portion of the state’s younger population. Given their name due to their close affiliation with rave and nightclub culture, club drugs include MDMA (molly), ketamine, PCP, LSD, and GHB. These drugs have also made their way into many of South Carolina’s colleges and high schools. Distributors tend to include Asian gangs and independent dealers who dole out the drugs in social situations in conjunction with alcohol and other illicit substances. Molly continues to be the most popular club drug in South Carolina, as prices continue to decline.
Cocaine and methamphetamine continue to be the dominant drugs in the South Carolina underworld, and the leading causes of local drug and alcohol rehab enrollments. Heroin is making a modest showing, but still presents a threat to a portion of South Carolina’s urban population. Oxycontin and other diverted prescriptions are also becoming an increasingly large threat. Without a clearly defined approach to the eradication of substance abuse and addiction, the residents of South Carolina remain vulnerable to the fall-out of the state’s illegal drug market.