Kansas Addiction Treatment

Kansas addiction treatmentDuring 2006, there were 15,368 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Kansas. There were 15,261 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were 15,496 admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 53,000 Kansas citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.

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Kansas Drug Addiction

Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations control a large majority of the distribution of methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana in Kansas. Various organizations with ties to Texas, Arizona and California continue to distribute drugs throughout the state. Other organized criminal groups, such as Asian DTOs and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs are also involved with distribution in Kansas, but to a lesser degree.

MDMA (ecstasy) remains available in limited quantities throughout the state of Kansas. It remains popular with young users, such as teenagers and young adults. It also remains very popular in the homosexual community, where it is often abused in conjunction with methamphetamine and/or Viagra. The sources of supply for MDMA in Kansas are often Asian traffickers.

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Kansas Drug Information

Crystal or "ice" methamphetamine, produced and trafficked by Mexican DTOs, is predominant throughout Kansas. Imported Mexican methamphetamine is generally high in purity and relatively inexpensive. In the past several years, legislation in Kansas has limited the ability of local laboratory operators to purchase the pseudoephedrine products necessary to produce methamphetamine, but small toxic laboratories are still found throughout the state. Most of these laboratories operate using the "birch" method and can be found in many different locations, including residences, hotels, vehicles, and remote farm areas. The laboratory operators continue to purchase the necessary ingredients by going from store to store purchasing the maximum allowable amounts (a process known as "smurfing") and stealing other ingredients such as anhydrous ammonia for their meth addiction.

OxyContin continues to be the pharmaceutical drug of choice in the state of Kansas. It is favored by its users over street drugs such as heroin due to the consistent purity and quality. Kansas lists Oxycodone products as the third most abused pharmaceutical drug. Hydrocodone is another pharmaceutical product that is commonly abused. Other substances cited include: Alprazolam, Benzodiazepine, Demerol, Dilaudid, Lortab, Methylphenidate, Morphine, Nubaine, Percocet, Percodan, Phenobarbitol, Phentermine, Prozac, Tylox, Valium, Vicodin, and Xanax. The most common methods for obtaining these substances continue to be doctor shopping, prescription forgeries, pharmacy break-ins, employee theft, and internet pharmacy websites. Mexican manufactured Fentanyl has not been found in Kansas at this time.

DEA Offices & Telephone Nos:
Garden City: 620-275-4373
Kansas City: 913-825-4100
Topeka: 785-232-4065
Wichita: 316-838-2500

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