Colorado Addiction Treatment

Colorado addiction treatmentDuring 2006, there were 78,141 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Colorado. There were 76,854 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were 69,049 admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 110,000 people in Colorado reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.

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Colorado Drug Addiction

Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations control most of the methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and heroin distribution in Colorado. Asian groups, many with ties to Canada, have been increasingly active in the distribution of club drugs and marijuana. Dealers with ties to larger criminal organizations in Texas, California, and Mexico are involved in all types of drug distribution throughout the state.

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Colorado Drug Information

Current investigations indicate that diversion of hydrocodone products such as Vicodin®, and oxycodone products (such as brand name and generic OxyContin®) continues to be a problem in Colorado. Primary methods of diversion being reported are forged prescriptions, employee theft, and the Internet. Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax® and Valium®), methadone, MS Contin®, Darvon® and Darvocet® were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Colorado.

Pharmaceutical opiates/opioids are the drugs of choice among drug abusing medical professionals in Colorado. Hydrocodone (Vicodin) and Darvocet are the two controlled substances most commonly abused, with various forms of prescription fraud and retail diversion being the methods for obtaining them. The diversion and abuse of OxyContin (oxycodone) is a significant problem in Colorado.

DEA Offices & Telephone Nos.:
Denver: 303-705-7300
Colorado Springs: 719-866-6100
Grand Junction: 970-683-3220
Glenwood Springs: 970-945-0744
Durango: 970-385-5147

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