Why We Do It

Substance abuse is an issue that impacts not only abusers themselves, but their families, friends, and communities. In Transylvania County, C.A.R.E. and its partners have identified three issues that are of primary concern when it comes to youth and substance abuse.

Underage Drinking

C.A.R.E.’s student surveys show that alcohol is the drug of choice among Transylvania County students grades 6-12, with 54% reporting they had used alcohol in the past 30 days.

To learn more about the scope of the problem, its impacts, and what you can do to help, visit Talk It Out NC.

Prescription Drug Abuse

In 2012, the rate of inintentional poisoning deaths in Transylvania County (mostly the result of accidental prescription drug overdoses) was almost triple the state average.

Click here to read one mother’s tragic story of losing her daughter.

Emerging Drugs

Also known as “designer drugs,” these are the ever-emerging new substances that are abused by youth and others. Many of these emerging drugs are far more dangerous than more familiar substances. Click here to read about the disturbing consequences of synthetic marijuana.

You may also consider joining our Emerging Drugs Workgroup.