Ohio Addiction Treatment
During 2006, there were 67,101 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Ohio. There were 71,337 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were a similar number of admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 228,000 Ohio citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.
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Ohio Drug Addiction
Cocaine, heroin, and marijuana are the primary drug threats in the state of Ohio. The most violent crimes in the state are attributed to cocaine and crack cocaine distribution and abuse. Cocaine is transported from the Southwest Border to cities throughout Ohio as well as to Detroit, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois, where it is then distributed to Ohio cities. The rising availability of high-purity, low cost heroin is creating a large user population with a greater physical risk to users, who are younger than ever before. In the northern Ohio region, South American and Mexican black tar heroin are prevalent, while in the southern Ohio region, Mexican black tar heroin is predominant. Mexican brown powder heroin also appears in both regions. Dominican criminal groups control the distribution of South American heroin, while Mexican criminal groups control the distribution of Mexican black tar heroin. Marijuana is the most abused drug in the state. Ohio is a source area for marijuana cultivation, as well as a distribution point, for Mexican marijuana from the Southwest Border.
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Ohio Drug Information
Methamphetamine manufacturing has stabilized due to recent pseudoephedrine sales restrictions at Ohio pharmacies. Small "Mom and Pop" and "Tweaker" operators continue to manufacture methamphetamine in small one to two ounce quantities for personal use and for distribution at the local level. Primary suppliers of methamphetamine are Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Average purity of methamphetamine is 70%.
The diversion and abuse of OxyContin represent a significant drug threat in Ohio. OxyContin, a powerful pain reliever whose effects are the same as other opiate derivatives, is obtained legally through prescriptions as well as illegally on the street. Formerly seen as a drug of abuse primarily among the Caucasian population, law enforcement officials in Ohio report increasing abuse among African Americans. According to the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, youth abusers of OxyContin have begun abusing heroin since they can no longer obtain or afford OxyContin. Continued incidents of overdoses and drug-related deaths were reported throughout the state during 2006. Also, a direct connection between abuse of this drug and drug-related robberies has been established.
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