Drug Rehab Missouri (cont..)
From 2003 to 2005, more than 23,300 individuals sought Missouri drug rehab for cocaine abuse. Cocaine is smuggled into Missouri by representative of Mexican drug trafficking organizations from Texas or California. Much of the cocaine will be made into crack once it arrives in the state. Crack is highly addictive and traps individuals from all walks of life. Cocaine is plentiful in and around St. Louis and other metropolitan areas of the state like Kansas City. Over 615 kilos of cocaine were seized in Missouri in 2006.
Nearly 5,000 individuals entered Missouri drug rehabs from 2003-2005 for heroin abuse. Most of the heroin found in Missouri is concentrated in the metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Mexican black tar variety of heroin is the most common type of heroin seen in the state. Recently, white heroin has been found in the state. It is stronger than the black tar variety and its availability is growing. Approximately 12 kilos of heroin were confiscated in federal drug seizures in 2006.
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The number of individuals admitted to Missouri drug rehab programs for methamphetamine/ amphetamine abuse has grown steadily in the past few years. There were 3,976 admissions in 2003, 4,941 in 2004, and 6,213 in 2005. Methamphetamine is found in all parts of the state, metropolitan and rural alike. Lower quality methamphetamine is smuggled into Missouri from Mexico or Border States. Methamphetamine is also made in labs within the state. These labs are toxic and extremely dangerous to anyone near them. They produce a drug that is ruining countless lives every day. In an effort to combat the number of meth labs in the state, stricter laws aimed at controlling the sale of products containing ingredients used to make methamphetamine were enacted in 2004. These laws have succeeded in lowering the number of labs found in the state. In 2004 there were 2,807 meth lab incidents. In 2005, the number dropped to 2,170 and there were 1,268 incidents in the state in 2006. That number, though less than half the number from just 2 years prior, is still astonishingly high. Almost 42 kilos of methamphetamine was seized in Missouri in 2006.
Missouri drug rehabs admitted over 32,500 individuals from 2003 to 2005 for marijuana abuse. Marijuana abuse is widespread in Missouri. Marijuana may be smuggled into the state or it may be cultivated locally. Marijuana originating from outside the state mainly comes from Mexico. It is smuggled into the state in a variety of commercial and private vehicles where it is then distributed and sold to abusers. There has been, as of late, a growing amount of marijuana from other areas entering Missouri, particularly that from Canada or Northwest States. Locally cultivated marijuana may be raised inside or in outside plots. Inside crops are more common in metropolitan areas whereas pastoral areas of Missouri provide ideal sites for outside crops. Approximately 1,835 kilos of marijuana were impounded in federal drug seizures in 2006.
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Over 5,000 individuals entered Missouri drug rehab programs from 2003 to 2005 for the abuse of prescription, club or other drugs. Non-medical use of OxyContin is a growing concern in Missouri. OxyContin produces effects similar to those produced by heroin consumption, but the consistency of quality is much higher with the pharmaceutical drug. This is one of the reasons it is often preferred to heroin. Of the prescription drugs abused, OxyContin seems to be one of the most commonly abused, particularly around St. Louis. Hydrocodone drugs are also frequently abused in Missouri. Drugs like ecstasy and GHB are commonly abused in clubs in major metropolitan areas of the state. The drugs come from criminals in California, New York, Florida, Texas and Washington State. Nearly 1,200 dosage units of ecstasy were confiscated in Missouri 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