Georgia
Georgia
11,000+

individuals were treated for a cocaine addiction in 2005.

There has been a steady increase in the annual number of admissions to treatment in Georgia—from approximately 30,000 in 1992, to nearly 45,000 in 2005.

You can get help in Georgia!

Drug abuse is a growing concern in the state of Georgia, yet many drug abusers are not receiving help to overcome their addictions. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 200,000 Georgians in 2006 needed drug rehab but didn’t get it.  In the state of Georgia, the most commonly cited abused drugs are cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription drugs.

The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy cites that cocaine addiction is one of the primary causes of the high levels of crime in Atlanta.  Cocaine frequently arrives from Mexican and Latin American suppliers and is then distributed by gun-toting gang members at the street level.  Marijuana is another concern, as Georgia's climate is ideal for illegal growing operations.

Two of the fastest growing addictions in Atlanta are Methamphetamine and prescription drugs.  During 2008, there were 78 methamphetamine laboratory incidents in Georgia that were reported by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and state and local authorities.  Even more concerning is the frequent abuse of prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. A recent trend, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, is pill addicts using methadone instead of oxycodone, due to physicians prescribing methadone to treat pain and the cheaper price tag of methadone products. The street name “liquid handcuffs” is a nod to methadone’s addictive traits. Addicts who attempt to quit can experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, cold sweats and body pains.

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