Cocaine Addiction Information
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new yorkCocaine is very popular in the United States. In older times, cocaine was regarded as the “rich man’s drug” and treated as such. Those higher up would purchase cocaine like a delicacy amongst drug users. Nowadays, cocaine has pulsed throughout the streets, and New York is the biggest hot spot for the rich drug.

Reports have been completed to monitor the rising drug problem in New York. In 2009-2010, New York topped the charts in several categories for drug use including, users above age 12 who had taken cocaine in the past year, users in the same age range who were addicted, and people addicted to drugs between the ages of 18-25. In New York alone, just about 10 percent of the population used drugs in the past month. The national average for the same category is just under 9 percent. And in the Empire State, one third of the admissions into the hospital were for heroin related issues. In 2009, over 1700 people died for drug overdoses, five hundred more than those who died from motor vehicle accident or firearms. The statewide drug-induced deaths reached 9.2 per 100,000 population, lower than the 12.8 per 100,000 population nationwide.

New York Works To Take Back the City

With the drug problem growing in the United States, officials and communities have grouped together to take back a city fast becoming the capitol for drugs. The New York State Prescription program was created in 1972 to monitor prescription medications and its cycling into the streets. It works with the State’s Controlled Substance Act, which monitors drugs categorized in Schedules II, III, IV, and V. Overseen by several organizations such as the Department of Health and the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, the program collects data on millions of prescriptions annually in efforts to educate parents, practitioners, and other healthcare professionals on the dangers of various prescription medications (for both adults and children). To further the education on these prescriptions, the State also initiated a prescription drug take-back program. These plans include proper disposal of drugs, whether expired, unused, or found.

In 2007, a national survey found that one in eight night drivers tested positive for illicit drugs. It is almost not surprising that one in three fatalities involving motor vehicles had a driver that tested positive for drugs in 2009. Across the nation, states took the initiative to incorporate a law to end these statistics, or at least slow them down. That law is called the Per Se standard. Under this standard, it is illegal for people to operate a motor vehicle after taking illegal drugs. This has been adopted by 17 states. New York is not one of these states. Instead, they require proof that a person was driving a motor vehicle in New York while using an illegal drug, and that the drug hindered the person’s ability to drive. However, refusal to submit to testing is admissible in civil and criminal cases.

The numbers do not lie: there is a growing drug problem in the United States. That problem will only become worse as now a Schedule I drug – marijuana – is widely becoming more and more accepted in America. New York has had a drug problem for decades. The proper education, awareness, and attitude by the communities are essential in battling back against drugs. The nation has shown their support in the war; several organizations, public service announcements and bulletins about drugs have been created to help in the war. The National Anti-Drug Media Campaign has committed their organization to informing young people about the dangers and consequences of drug use. Their main campaign, Above the Influence, combines local and national advertisements to help encourage teenagers against drugs and under aged drinking. Law enforcement officials cannot complete the job by themselves – there just are not enough of them to be everywhere all of the time. Parents need to become active in their children’s lives, take extra precautions when prescribed medications, and give their children a healthy outlet. There are communities committed to drug-free environments. Encourage the children to become active members and advocate against using drugs.

Reference:

WhiteHouse.gov – http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_new_york_0.pdf