Charlotte-Mecklenburg Drug Survey

February 4, 2008 at 9:12 am | Posted in On Air | 7 Comments

Monday, February 4, a coversation about the results of the latest Charlotte-Mecklenburg Drug Survey.  The results overall are promising, except when it comes to young people.  We’ll talk about the history of the survey and what it said, and also about what it indicates for our region.  We’ll also talk to a local dad who lost his son to alcohol poisoning.



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  1. 1) What progress has made to integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment services?

    2) The last statistic I read was that for every $1 we spend on alcohol and other drug treatment, our community saves $7. Is that statistic still accurate? And how important is it to educate the public about the value of treatment?

  2. My husband is a heroin addict, sometimes in recovery. The last time he decided to try to get clean, we had a pretty scary experience with CDC. He went there, willing to check in, and he was sent away because the CDC official at the front desk told us that the facility wasn’t equipped for dealing with heroin withdrawal. They sent him to the hospital, where he was given a prescription to help fight nausea after a 3 hour wait. He was afraid to go back to CDC because of their assertion that they weren’t prepared to deal with opiate addicts in detox.

    What do you guys have to say about the lack of resources for opiate addicts in the area? We really felt like there was nowhere to go…

  3. I heard one of your guests state that the highest rates of underage purchasing of alcohol happened when the clerk was a young woman and the purchaser was a young african american male. He speculated that this may be attributed to a perceived intimidation factor. Having witnessed these incidents I can say that your guests personal opinion comes across as racially biased and discounts the affect that other factors such as the attraction btw the purchaser and the clerk may play a part on the sale of alcohol to a minor or the sale of anything to a minor has.

  4. My nephew is a philosopher who became a nurse here in Charlotte. He says that the biggest problem that he sees is alcohol-related illness, with cocaine-related illness a close second.
    Marijuana-related illness appears negligible.

    Should policy follow reality?

    The “stronger marijuana” is apparently an urban myth.

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  6. I don’t think many young people would be persuaded by the guests “all or nothing” approach to this topic. I’m a college student and know several friends who smoke weed once or twice a month. They have 3 or 4 beers at most and they don’t drive after drinking. I don’t think they have a problem but according to your guests they do.

    Saying “oh, but it’s illegal” is a joke. If we can die for our country we can drink alcohol.

    By the way, I don’t smoke pot and I only drink during a religious ceremony.


    P.S. I think my friends would listen to the father of the boy who died. He is persuasive.

  7. My daughter is a student at a Canadian university.
    There tie drinking age is 18. when we enrolled her there was an article posted on campus from a major us paper about campus drinking.
    It was a survey of major US college campuses but also included McGill in Montreal because of the large number of US students there.
    It showed that there was a large problem of binge drinking in the 18-21 age group in every school EXCEPT McGill. There the US students drank heavyally for the first few months and then relaxed and took a more “adult” view of drinking as part of a social situation–not a goal in itself.
    My daughter also has seen this in students visiting from the US. They are much more immature in their approch to alcohol than those who have been treated as “adults” since leaving home.

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