Drug Rehab South Dakota (cont..)
Methamphetamine is the main drug abused in all areas of South Dakota and the demand is on the rise. Many educational efforts are taking place in South Dakota by law enforcement, local and national officials, and social service agencies to better inform the public of the dangers of methamphetamine addiction and abuse. Another drug that poses a problem in South Dakota is marijuana. Marijuana is readily available and is among the most abused of the illegal controlled substances. The main route of drug trafficking through South Dakota is via Interstate 90.
From 2003 to 2005, an estimated 384 individuals were admitted to South Dakota drug rehab programs for cocaine abuse and addiction. The drug cocaine is highly available throughout South Dakota and the availability of crack cocaine is on the rise. Most of the cocaine in South Dakota is imported from Mexican drug trafficking organizations in Iowa, Missouri, and California.
288 individuals were reportedly admitted to South Dakota drug rehab programs for addiction to heroin or other opiates from 2003 to 2005. Most often, heroin is only available in personal use quantities in South Dakota.
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Mexican drug trafficking organizations import methamphetamine into South Dakota from areas such as Iowa, Texas, Arizona, and California. The abuse of methamphetamine is continuing to rise in South Dakota. In 2005, there were 8 methamphetamine lab seizures and 3 kilograms were also seized by federal agencies. Law enforcement has noted the discovery of small meth labs is on the rise. Meth is distributed locally throughout the state.
From 2003 to 2005 there were approximately 3,874 admissions to South Dakota drug rehab programs for marijuana addiction and abuse. Marijuana is readily available in South Dakota and is usually imported from the southwest border of the United States. In the Sioux Falls area, studies indicate many indoor marijuana growing operations. Larger indoor operations are typically found in the Rapid City area (located in western South Dakota). Approximately 2 kilograms of marijuana was seized by law enforcement agencies in 2005.
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Other drugs such as MDMA (ecstasy) are increasingly popular in South Dakota, especially in the western part of the state. LSD has a lesser availability than MDMA. OxyContin has become a problem in South Dakota and has been discovered at methamphetamine lab sites. Among the most abused prescription drugs are hydrocodone products, codeine, Alprazolam, lorazepam, and Darvocet-N. These prescription drugs are obtained in various ways: the illegal sale and distribution by individuals in the healthcare field, forced prescriptions, theft by healthcare employees, and bogus call-ins.
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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