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Street Drugs Treatment & Detox by State

Street Drugs Treatment & Detox by State

Rehabilitation & Detox Centers for Street Drugs Abuse in the United States

Any type of street drug is something sold illegally for its mood-altering stimulant or sedative effects. Any time you are using street drugs you are taking a huge risk. These drugs are dangerous and are often laced with other substances. For example, most commonly abused opioids in the United States are mixed with fentanyl. It also not uncommon for cocaine or even marijuana to be cut with fentanyl. Street drugs cause an array of different problems for the users, communities, and anyone else directly involved. There are many commonly abused street drugs within the United States. This includes cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, and nitrates. Along with this are also ecstasy, bath salts, PCP, GHB, magic mushrooms, and other hallucinogens.

According to the 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment, the availability and use of heroin continue to increase in the United States. Much of the heroin being used is mixed with fentanyl. Mexico is the primary source of illegal heroin being smuggled into the United States. Controlled Prescription Drugs, including those sold illegally, are still involved for the most drug-involved deaths. The abuse of these drugs has increased throughout the country. Even drug traffickers are starting to disguise opioids as controlled prescription drugs. The availability and use of cocaine have rebounded in the United States. Much of this is because of the increased coca cultivation and production within Columbia. Methamphetamine remains widely available throughout the country, and Mexico is the main producer. Furthermore, indicated in this report, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug within the United States.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse has estimated that over 24.6 million people in the United States used some kind of illicit drug in the past 30 days. Statistics from the federal government report that roughly 9.4% of all people’s age 12 and over are involved in the use of illegal drugs. Some of the more popular drugs abused in recent years include marijuana with close to 20 million people using the drug. It is estimated that over 6 million people abuse prescription drugs and over 1.5 million abuse cocaine. Hallucinogens, methamphetamines, and heroin are widely abused throughout the country. Per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, millions of people abuse illegal drugs for the first time each year. Over half of those who do were under the age of 18.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health said that over 50% of people get drugs from a relative or friends. Close to 20% will get drugs from just one doctor, and around 4% will buy them from a stranger, while 0.1% buy off the Internet. Within this same survey, most street drug users are employed with an estimated over 13 million people. The problem with street drug abuse has drawn widespread attention. Many Americans struggle with these problems within their communities. Whether someone lives in a rural, urban, or suburban area, drug abuse is an issue people face. According to a Pew Research Center survey, nine out of ten Americans who live in rural areas say drug addiction is either a major or minor problem in their community.

Illegal street drugs represent the largest volume of criminal cases within the United States. These are the cases examined by forensic laboratories. There are four major types of illegally abused drugs. This includes stimulants, depressants, narcotics, and hallucinogens. Many of these illegal drugs are abused with alcohol. The combination of alcohol and drugs enhances the effects of the substances being abused. Alcohol interacts with certain drugs in dangerous ways, and this is the direct result of countless overdose deaths across the country. Illegal street drugs are not going away any time soon within the United States. Each year more people become addicted to these drugs. It is important to find the right type of treatment and help for an illegal street drug addiction.



Dr. Rohit is a Diplomate of the American Society of Addiction Medicine who has been supervising successful detox for over 13 years.


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