California Addiction Treatment
During 2006, there were 193,717 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in California. There were 183,278 treatment admissions in California during 2005. More than one-third of these treatment admissions were related to amphetamines, during both 2005 and 2006. An additional 849,000 California citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.
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California Drug Addiction
Due to California's diverse culture and unique geography, there are many issues that affect the drug situation in California. Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana are smuggled into the state from Mexico; however, methamphetamine and marijuana are produced or cultivated in large quantities within the state. San Diego and Imperial Counties remain principal transshipment zones for a variety of drugs - cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine - smuggled from Mexico. Most drug traffickers/organizations that are encountered by law enforcement continue to be poly-drug traffickers rather than specializing in one type of drug. Since September 11, 2001, greater emphasis has been placed on carefully screening people and vehicles at all California Ports of Entry into the U.S. from Mexico.
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California Drug Information
Methamphetamine is the primary drug threat in California. Mexican organizations continue to dominate the production and distribution of high-quality meth, while a secondary trafficking group, composed primarily of Caucasians, operates small, unsophisticated laboratories. Clandestine laboratories can be found in any location: high density residential neighborhoods, sparsely populated rural areas, remote desert locations in the southern portions of California, and the forested areas in northern California. In recent years, there has been a decrease in the number of meth labs seized in California and an increase in the number of meth labs just south of the border in Mexico. Rural areas in the Central Valley are the source of much of the meth produced in California and seized elsewhere. Within California itself, Hispanics and Caucasians are the almost exclusive consumers of meth. Purity levels of meth have ranged from a low of ten percent to a high of 100 percent purity. As the supply of pseudoephedrine from Canada has diminished after successful law enforcement operations, there has been a noticeable increase in pseudoephedrine and ephedrine seized that originated from China. Restrictions on pseudoephedrine importation into Mexico, balance-of-power issues among rival Mexican cartels, and increased enforcement efforts by the current Mexican government have all significantly impacted methamphetamine manufacturing and the smuggling of finished product into the Los Angeles area.
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Due to the discrepancy in national laws between the U.S. and Mexico, the prolific "border pharmacies" within walking distance across the border in Tijuana and other Mexican border towns continue to be a major source of controlled substances in the San Diego metropolitan area. Another is the Internet, which has greatly facilitated the smuggling of illicit pharmaceuticals into the U.S. through Tijuana-based distributors. Doctor shopping and prescription forgery are the primary methods of prescription drug abuse in the Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas. In Northern California, OxyContin, Vicodin, benzodiazepines and carisoprodol are most commonly abused. In the Los Angeles area, Vicodin, Xanax, codeine, Valium, OxyContin, and Promethazine with codeine cough syrup remain the principal drugs abused. The San Diego area prescription drugs of choice are Vicodin, VicodinES, Lortab, and Vicoprofen, along with anabolic steroids. Rohypnol is rarely encountered by law enforcement within in the greater Los Angeles area.
DEA Offices & Telephone Nos:
Imperial County: 760-355-0857
Los Angeles: 213-621-6700
San Diego: 858-616-4100
San Francisco: 415-436-7900
San Jose: 408-291-7235
San Ysidro: 619-671-4500
Santa Ana: 714-836-2892
Santa Rosa: 707-565-5463