Drug Rehab Utah (cont..)
Mexican drug trafficking organizations supply Utah with methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana, dominating the illegal drug distribution throughout the state. Other drugs come from areas such as California, the Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest areas of the United States. The drug that poses the largest threat in Utah is methamphetamine.
As stated above, Mexican drug trafficking organizations are the main supplier of cocaine to the state through large-scale distribution. Crack cocaine is also abused in Utah, but is found mostly in larger cities.
Heroin abuse has become a major concern in Utah, especially Mexican brown and black tar heroin. Mexican drug trafficking organizations are the source for the heroin from Mexico and Southern California. These organizations also distribute drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine.
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In the state of Utah, methamphetamine is the primary drug threat. Most of the methamphetamine is produced in Mexico and southern California and distributed throughout the state. Although the drug is the main threat in the state, methamphetamine lab seizures have declined over the past few years. Research shows that this decline is mainly due to new laws being enforced that require medications containing ingredients used in the manufacture of methamphetamine to be stored behind pharmacy counters. In 2006, law enforcement agencies seized 11 meth labs, most of them relatively small.
Club drugs such as MDMA and GHB are abused in Utah. They are commonly found in environments such as bars, clubs, parties, and rarely home manufacturing. Studies have shown a supply of club drugs being transported from the southwestern United States.
Through both Mexican drug trafficking organizations and local cultivation, marijuana also remains a threat in Utah and is widely available. Marijuana imports also occur from areas such as British Columbia and Canada. Local cultivation methods occur due to areas of fertile soil throughout the state. In the year 2006, 145 kilograms of marijuana was seized by federal law enforcement agencies.
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The most abused prescription drug in Utah is OxyContin. Prescription drugs like Vicodin, OxyContin, Lortab, Percocet, and steroids are obtained a number of ways: through the illegal sale and distribution by those in the healthcare field, by individuals who go from doctor to doctor to get multiple prescriptions, through forged prescriptions, theft by healthcare employees, robbery of pharmacies or other healthcare facilities and increasingly via purchase on the Internet. The drugs diazepam, meperidine, and methadone were also some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in Utah.
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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