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Deemed the second largest state in terms of both landmass and population density, The Lone Star State is a massive region. Texas, located in the heart of the Southern United States, is home to ample cornfields and livestock, the largest state capitol building in the U.S., and the tallest Ferris wheel in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately, the state also hosts its fair share of Texas-sized burdens in the forms of drug and alcohol abuse. With a 1,254 mile open border between itself and Mexico, Texas is a central hub for drug transportation and seizures. Although the smuggling of drugs into the U.S. is so prevalent in the state, Texas still ranks #44 in the country for overall drug use by citizens.
While we know it falls close to the bottom of the United States’s growing drug epidemic, what exactly does the drug trend in the Lone Star State look like on paper? Let’s take a look at some official data provided by the Texas Drug Enforcement Agency and find out.
Alcohol is by far the most commonly abused substance among Texas citizens with 48.2% of the population reporting some form of alcohol use every year. Texas holds the top spot in drunk driving-related deaths in the entire country, with a staggering 39.5% of annual traffic accidents being alcohol-related, and a reported count of 1337 drunk driving related deaths in 2013 alone. However, Methamphetamine and Opioid-related deaths are still fairly common as well, along with the abuse of other substances:
In a joint effort to reduce the rapidly growing substance abuse problem both in the state and across the country, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has joined a multistate investigation into targeting specific pharmaceutical companies that may be responsible for the rising Opioid epidemic that has taken countless lives over the past years. Border patrol agents are also cracking down on drug seizures along the Texas-Mexico border in an attempt to reduce the number of illegal substances that could eventually make their way into the hands of current or potential drug users.
Prevention and Education Programs
In addition to the efforts mentioned above, the state of Texas provides a number of drug education, prevention, and recovery programs. State leaders agree that the key to rehabilitation is the education and prevention of future drug use, beginning with the certified programs listed below:
Texas Drug Offenders Education Program (TDOEP)
Offender education provided by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
DWI education provided by TDLR
More information about each of these programs can be found online or by calling your applicable state agency.
If drug abuse has taken over your life or the life a loved one, early intervention is the key to recovery. Contact trained representatives today at our toll-free number to take the first step in giving yourself a healthy, drug-free future.
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