Inhalants Abuse

May 19, 2012

Rocky Mount, North Carolina Drug Abuse Info

Filed under: Media Reports — admin @ 9:39 am

Rocky Mount, North Carolina has a population of 57,477 and a crime index of 2 – 100 being the safest.  If you lived in Illinois you would have a 1 in 275 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime and if you lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina you would have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.  The FBI collects information from 17,000 local law enforcements agencies and that is where they get the figures for these statements.  Within the last year Rocky Mount has had 11 murders, 14 rapes, 210 robberies and 453 assaults.  For every one thousand resident there are 74 of them that will be a victim.  Springfield has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes.  According to Rocky Mount is number 55 in the top 100 most dangerous cities to live in.

Late last year In Rocky Mount, North Carolina two men were issued a search warrant at a Food Mart and the end result was that a 25 year old and an 18 year old were charged with narcotics violations.  During the search the law enforcement officers seized drug paraphernalia, a handgun, ammunition and 10.2 grams of marijuana which was inside a refrigerator at the back of the store.  They also found marijuana on the personal self of one of the suspects. Before the search was done they also found three vials of bath salts valued at $15 a vial.  These two are being charged with possession of bath salts (a phenomenon we’ve seen a lot of at rehabs in Louisiana), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. on April 23, 2012 gave an update to their program.  A screening tool was one of the first steps of the Reclaiming Futures Model that was used.  The idea was is to screen youth entering the juvenile justice system for substance abuse problems.  There were six sites in North Carolina that had adopted the Global Appraisal for Individual Needs Short Screener (GAINSS).  It seems that from 2010 to 2011 there were 2,633 Gain screeners that were completed with 2,490 youth in Reclaiming Futures’ North Carolina sites.  Here are some results of this screening.  22% scored at moderate to high risk on the substance disorder screener.  What that tells us is that these youths may need substance abuse, dependence or substance use treatment from one of the local Raleigh drug rehabs, or one elsewhere.  About 18% of the youth scored high risk on the overall screening with an additional 75% scoring moderate risk this all indicated they needed help.  This screening tool is made available to all counties through the North Carolina Juvenile Online Information Network (NCJOIN).  This data is then used to make appropriate referrals and in development of service plans for youths.

This is one way North Carolina is fighting the war on drugs.  Albeit I don’t know if it is OK to label these youths.  Drugs are harmful to all of us in one way or the other.  If you know someone who would like to get off drugs get them to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs where they can get safe and natural ways to detox and withdraw.  Something can be done about it.

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