Tennessee Drug Abuse
Few states have impacted American history quite like Tennessee. It is the founding and fertile ground of blues and rock and roll, it was where many critical moments of the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement took place and of course, it is known for its beloved Tennessee whiskey. The state faces deep turbulence with drugs and alcohol use. Many residents struggle with chemical dependency, which affects everyone around them. Palm Partners Recovery Center provides detox and rehabilitation programs to help those who want to overcome their addictions.Contact Palm Partners right now and a member of our professional staff will be glad to work with you and get you well on your way to a gratifying, long-lasting recovery.
Data shows that those 26 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – drug detox and rehab in Tennessee. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 615-544-5741. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.
What you should know
Tennessee borders eight other states and its highways crisscross four major cities in addition to traversing each of the borders. So clearly Tennessee is a transshipment state. It also is a consumer state, but not a source area for any drug except marijuana.
Compared to other states
- Illicit drugs overall – average for those 18 and older
- Pharmaceuticals – average for those 18 and older
- Marijuana – average for those 26 and older, moderately low for those 18-25
- Cocaine – moderately low for those 26 and older, low for those 18-25
- Alcohol – low for those 18 and older
Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A closer look
Crack the primary drug of abuse. Mexican drug traffickers with organizational ties to Atlanta, Houston, El Paso, Los Angeles and Mexico transport cocaine from the West and from Texas, Illinois, Georgia and California. Hamilton, Davidson and Shelby counties are distribution hubs.
Gaining in popularity over crack. Much of the meth is brought in from Mexico and the Southwest Border, although clandestine meth labs are everywhere in the state, especially in the Appalachian areas in the east. Mexican trafficking groups have increased in southeast Tennessee and control distribution in Chattanooga.
One of three major supplier-states. Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky produce most of the U.S. supply of marijuana. Tennessee’s grow operations are quite small. Mexican marijuana also is available, but to a much less extent. Abuse and trafficking are serious problems, especially in rural areas.
OxyContin, methadone, morphine and Xanax most commonly abused. Sources are the illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” through the state health care program, the internet and forged prescriptions.
A growing problem. MDMA (ecstasy), LSD and GHB are the most common drugs of abuse. Brought in from New York, Georgia and Florida, the drugs are sold at rave parties and nightclubs primarily in Nashville and Knoxville.
Limited use. Texas, Georgia and New York are the main sources of Mexican black tar and brown heroin as well as Asian heroin.
Not a significant problem.
Percentage of Tennessee population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||8.69|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||9.68|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||5.66|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||5.13|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||2.88|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||6.71|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||43.92|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||43.12|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||20.37|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||46.17|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||2.02|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.82|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||7.69|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||9.18|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||2.37|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||7.26|
|Serious psychological distress||13.65|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||9.82|
- Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.
- Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.
- When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.
- Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
- Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
- Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.
- Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.
Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.