Drug Rehab Kentucky (cont..)
3,744 admissions to Kentucky drug rehabs were attributed to cocaine abuse from 200 in 2004 and 2005. Powder cocaine is obtainable all through the state. It is likely that much of the cocaine available in Kentucky comes from Border States in the Southwest US with other amounts coming from areas like Georgia or Chicago. There are a limited number of groups selling cocaine in the state and so there is little rivalry for customers making the business of selling the illicit drug a very lucrative one. Cocaine with purity levels as high as 90% has been confiscated in the state. Federal drug seizures in 2005 resulted in the removal of almost 179 kilos of cocaine from the market.
Kentucky drug rehab facilities reported admitting 1,278 individuals for methamphetamine/ amphetamine abuse. Kentucky’s non-metropolitan areas are where much of the state’s methamphetamine can be found although it is obtainable throughout Kentucky. Much of the methamphetamine found in the state is manufactured in large quantities in Mexico and comes from Mexican/Mexican-American criminal organizations in the form of ice. Some methamphetamine is produced within the state in concealed labs. The amount of methamphetamine produced in this manner is decreasing. The number of methamphetamine lab incidents dropped from 573 in 2005 to 227 in 2006. This is partially because of the recent addition of laws directed at controlling the sell and purchase of substances that are used in the productions of methamphetamine. Another reason for the decline in local manufacture is the increasing availability and higher purity levels of ice smuggled into the state by drug trafficking groups in Mexico. Kilos of methamphetamine involved in federal drug seizures in Kentucky numbered 5.8 in 2005 and 5.6 in 2006.
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In 2004-2005, 6,521 individuals were admitted to Kentucky drug rehab centers for marijuana abuse. Marijuana is found all over the state. Kentucky’s role as a source of marijuana cultivated in the US is substantial, in fact, in 2005 the state ranked 2nd in the nation for growing the illegal drug. There are many parts of Kentucky that are rural and inhabited by few. The state is home to a National Forest covering nearly 700,000 acres of land. This is a prime site for marijuana cultivation. In 2005 121,809 marijuana plants were destroyed on National Forest land. Marijuana grown in the state is sold to users locally and smuggled out of the state to areas in the Midwest and Eastern US. In 2006, over 5,617 kilos of marijuana were confiscated in Kentucky.
Over 14,800 individuals entered Kentucky drug rehab programs in 2004 and 2005 for the abuse of prescription, club or other drugs. Prescription drugs in particular pose a serious problem in the state. Certain parts of Kentucky are said to be the forerunners in the nation based on narcotic pharmaceuticals dispersed per person. The non-medical use of drugs like Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin and OxyContin remains problematic for the state. These and other drugs are stolen from medical facilities or pharmacies, obtained through forged prescriptions or individuals visiting multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions and increasingly through unprincipled Internet pharmaceutical websites. They are sold to abuser mainly by members of Caucasian drug trafficking organizations. Recent laws place restrictions on Internet pharmaceutical sites holding them to standards similar to those brick and mortar pharmacies must maintain. This has resulted in a decline in sale of prescription drugs via the Internet to Kentucky residents. Other drugs of concern in Kentucky include LSD and ecstasy. As in other states, the main users of these drugs are younger population groups. Ketamine, steroids, and GHB have also been cited as being drugs of concern in the state. Caucasian, middle-class males aged 25-35 describes the majority of criminal individuals responsible for the sale and distribution of these drugs to the young people of Kentucky. Almost 58,000 dosage units of ecstasy were retrieved in federal drug seizures in 2005.
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With approximately 450 admissions to Kentucky drug rehab programs for heroin abuse from 2004 to 2005, heroin does not pose as big a threat to the state as other drugs currently do. However, heroin is not unheard of in certain parts Kentucky and there is evidence to suggest that Mexican drug trafficking organizations want to increase the demand for heroin in Kentucky focusing on metropolitan areas. 10.4 kilos of heroin were seized in the state in 2006.
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Below are the original sources of the information contained on this page.
DEA State Fact Sheet
SAMHSA State Level Data
SAMHSA Substance Abuse Tables
Office Of National Drug Control Policy