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Nevada addiction treatmentDuring 2006, there were 10,059 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Nevada. There were 10,028 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, the admissions to drug treatment programs in the state were similar. Approximately 48,000 Nevada citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.

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Nevada Drug Addiction

Methamphetamine, specifically crystal methamphetamine produced in Mexico and imported into the state, has become the principal drug of concern in Nevada. In addition, cocaine, particularly crack cocaine, is a significant problem in the urban areas of the state. Due to its close proximity to California and its porous border, Nevada often serves as a transshipment point for various drugs to the central and eastern sections of the United States. There has also been a significant increase in deaths (total of 107 for all of CY06) attributed to diverted pharmaceuticals.

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Nevada Drug Information

Meth is the most frequently encountered drug in Nevada and remains available in both personal use and distribution quantities. Nevada is both a point of importation and a transshipment location for methamphetamine. The manufacture of methamphetamine in Nevada occurs on a limited basis. The meth imported into the state is produced primarily in "super labs" (producing 10 pounds or more in a 24-hour period) by ethnic Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in Mexico and California. Meth is transported to Nevada primarily via ground transportation. Organized Mexican poly-drug trafficking groups monopolize the large-scale meth trade in Nevada. Distributor levels of imported methamphetamine average in pound quantities or greater. Mexican produced crystal methamphetamine is the most readily available in Nevada and purity levels have decreased from the 90 percent to 99 percent range to the 50% range. Local meth manufacturing continues to decrease small quantities, usually under one ounce per cook. Laboratories seized recently utilized the pseudoephedrine, red phosphorus, and iodine method to manufacture methamphetamine.

Current investigations indicate that diversion of OxyContin® continues to be a problem in Nevada. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, and "doctor shopping" (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical). Hydrocodone products, methadone, Actiq® (fentanyl) and benzodiazepines (such as Xanax® and Valium®) were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Nevada. The pharmaceutical controlled substances of choice in Nevada include hydrocodone, Xanax®, codeine, diazepam, Ketamine, Lortab®, and oxycodone. Drug combinations which are abused in the state of Nevada are Lortab® and Soma® and Lortab® and benzodiazepines. Non-controlled substances which appear to be abused in Nevada are Soma® and Ultram®. The primary method of diversion in Nevada is the illegal purchase of controlled substances via Internet pharmacies. In addition, prescription fraud is on the rise in both the Las Vegas and Reno areas. Pseudoephedrine sales are reported down since a new law adding pseudoephedrine to the Nevada Controlled Substance list passed in December 2001.

DEA Offices & Telephone Nos:
Las Vegas: 702-759-8000
Reno: 775-784-5617

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