North and South Carolina sit on the southeast coast of the United States. From the beach to the mountains and everything in between the Carolinas have it all. According to the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) 1998-2008, State Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality the Carolinas served 66,473 individuals in 2008 for alcohol and addictions treatment.
According to the report, North Carolina lead the way with 36,578 treatment admissions and South Carolina served 29,895. Alcohol was the primary substance of choice with 17,671 admissions for primary drug of choice with an additional 11,351 as a secondary drug at admission. As opposed to the North east or New England states where heroin is the predominant drug treated, crack cocaine is the second most served substance of abuse at admission with a total of 7,880 add to that number 2,870 cocaine users via other route of use for a grand total of 10,750 admissions for cocaine drugs.
In the Carolinas marijuana and hashish treatment exceeds the Northeast drug of choice heroin with 13,583 treatment admissions in 2008. The opiate drugs tallied 6,636 admissions with other opiates such as Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Roxicodone at 4,733 as the primary drug of choice and heroin with 1,903 treatment episodes. There were nearly 7,000 treatment admissions for other drugs like methamphetamine, amphetamine, tranquilizers and others.