Texas State Laws for Substance Abuse Treatment
Texas Rehab and Recovery Resources
Texas Drug Addiction Statistics for Opioids
Texas drug addictions statistics for opioids begin with the number 1,375 which is the number of opioid-related deaths in the state in the year of 2016, which averages to a rate of 4.9 deaths per 100000 persons and as explained earlier this is significantly small as compared to the national average of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 persons. Deaths attributed to synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl) were a small number of 250 deaths only. In 2015 the state of Texas wrote roughly 15.9 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers.
Texas Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Statistics
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is a syndrome that occurs in babies of mothers who consume opioids while pregnant. It is a syndrome that occurs in the baby because of it no longer having access to the opioids that it was consuming in the womb due to its mother consuming it. It is basically the baby experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Data for NAS is sketchy in the state of Texas, but it is estimated that in the year 2011 there 852 live births with NAS, however, there are no recent statistics available other than that.
HIV and HCV Statistics in the State of Texas
HIV and HCV are heavily attributed to occur due to injection drug use. In 2015 there were roughly 4,476 cases of HIV in the state of Texas reported which were attributed to injection drug use. Out of the 4,476 cases of HIV that occurred 7.2 percent of the new cases were of male patients, and 12.1 percent of the new cases were of females. In the realm of HCV, there were roughly 48 cases reported in the year 2015 which were attributed to injection drug use. The statistics regarding HCV are a bit sketchy in Texas as well, but according to the statistics available, there were roughly 368,000 living with HCV in the state of Texas.
Texas Addiction and Rehab Facts
With the recent wave of laws changing across the country, state after state regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana, there has been a surge in the debate regarding drugs and how they may impact society as a whole. While certain people are in favor of it and certainly many are not so much, the debate is out there and laws are frequently changing across states with some states voting in favor of legalizing recreational drugs and some against it. However the debate of recreational drugs aside there is a very real side of the negative influence of drugs in society, and we are going to take a look at some of the statistics regarding that negative influence.
Texas is one of the largest and most famous states of USA and is known for its deserts, pine forests and the Rio Grande river. It’s the biggest city Houston is also home to NASA. Texas marijuana laws are among those in the United States which remain firm on keeping it a criminal activity meaning that in Texas marijuana laws both medicinal and recreational marijuana remains illegal. However, despite the strict drug laws in Texas, there is still a drug problem in the region with some interesting statistics so let us take a look at these statistics from the state of Texas.
Texas Drug Facts
Texas drug facts begin with a number of 39,484 people admitted for substance abuse treatment by 2014. There were 4,912 admissions for meth and amphetamines recorded in the year 2009 for Texas and the percentage statistic for that has only gone on increasing since. Meth and amphetamines are readily available throughout the state of Texas. Cocaine is another readily available drug in the state of Texas and adds to another statistic from 2009, which is a total of 7,904 people being admitted for crack cocaine addiction.
While Texas marijuana laws are some of the strictest ones throughout the states in the year 2009, there were roughly 76,946 arrests for marijuana possession in the state, and throughout 2014-2015, about 1,937,000 adults aged 18 and older reported past-year marijuana use. Also in the year 2015, 12,737 adults were recorded to receive treatment for substance abuse. However despite all these numbers, in comparison to the national rate of 52,404 drug overdose deaths in 2015 Texas is one of the few states who have a drug overdose death average lower than the national average which is encouraging for the state.
Texas Addiction Recovery
While the statistics of Texas drug addiction are encouraging as they are one of the few in the United States which are below the national averages, there is still a significant Texas addiction recovery movement in full swing. The state of Texas has several initiatives to control the spread of drugs and also to curb the substance abuse in the state. One of these initiatives is called the Drug Free Texas, which was a campaign that was developed to reduce the rates of alcohol and substance abuse in the state of Texas. This campaign worked by providing crucial information to the masses. It educated the masses on six crucial pieces of information regarding alcohol and substance abuse.
- Drugs impacting Texas communities
- Consequences of use
- Warning signs
- Trends in Texas
- Common street names for drugs
- Where to go for help
In addition to the drug-free Texas movement, one of the foremost efforts to prevent the spread of drug use and drug abuse in the state of Texas is The Houston Recovery Center. One of the most important functions that the center performs is providing short term management for people under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol addiction. The individual is kept in the center for recovery and rest until they pass a basic health screening and before leaving are even provided an opportunity to meet and consult with a recovery specialist. Even the people who are arrested for public intoxication are first brought to the Houston recovery center which is more commonly known as the sobering center.
The specialist helps the clients figure out the root cause behind their substance abuse and provide goals for them to achieve which help the clients in fighting their addiction. While most cases are a single event patient there are a lot of long term abusers admitted in the center as well and the sobering center has had success with a good number of them. Another famous initiative is the Houston Recovery Initiative, which is based on the principle that addiction to alcohol and/or drugs is a chronic condition much like hypertension or diabetes. It emphasizes to people that the key to defeating these conditions is life-long wellness practices which will allow the patients to remain free of the negative symptoms of the conditions. Hence the vision of this initiative is to help provide life-long support to the addicts rather than a short term cure.
Texas Employee Drug Laws
Drug laws in Texas are strict as mentioned above, but there is no clear indication in the state law that allows or prohibits the employers or prospective employers to direct their employees to take a drug screening test. It means that an employer may or may not ask their employee to undergo a drug screening test as long as the process does not violate any of the fundamental Texas employee rights. It means that Texas employee rights are the only Texas laws regarding workplace drug screenings.
Texas is the second largest state both by population and by land mass. Located on the southern border, Texas closest neighbors are Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Mexico to the south. Texas is nicknamed as “The Lone Star State” and joined the union in 1845. Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas are Texas’ largest cities, boasting populations over 1 million. There are several nationally ranked colleges in Texas including Texas A & M University, the University of Texas (various locations), and Texas State University.
Texas is home to many major and minor league teams including the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Astros, Dallas Mavericks, and the Dallas Stars. College athletics have long been an important part of Texas culture, football being the most significant. Texans enjoy rodeos and livestock shows as well as hosting the NASCAR Cup Series and IndyCar Series since the late 1990s.
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