Texas Addiction Treatment
During 2006, there were 43,858 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Texas. There were 43,039 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were a similar number of admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 460,000 Texas citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.
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Texas Drug Addiction
West Texas serves as the gateway for narcotics destined to major metropolitan areas in the U.S., which is commonly referred to as the El Paso/Juarez Corridor. Sources-of-supply (SOS) from Mexico move significant quantities of marijuana and cocaine through the POEs using major east/west and north/south interstate highways that crisscross through the El Paso Division. These highways provide the traffickers with transportation routes for distribution of drugs throughout the country. Drug traffickers also obtain warehouses in El Paso for stash locations and recruit drivers from the area to transport the narcotics to various destinations throughout the U.S. Additional threats to the region are the shipments of controlled substances via commercial vehicles, including aircraft, buses, and by Amtrak rail. Although bulk currency is moved south over the international bridges to Mexico, the city of El Paso has significant amounts of drug proceeds laundered through small businesses.
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Methamphetamine poses a multi-pronged threat in this region. It is available in multiple kilogram quantities. The majority of methamphetamine seized originates in Mexico, but arrives in New Mexico from distributors in Los Angeles, CA and Phoenix, AZ. Methamphetamine investigations are especially prevalent in the area known as the Four Corners Region where the States of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah meet to form a common border and along the eastern New Mexico/Texas border. Small, clandestine laboratories are popular in the area, especially in remote, rural locations in New Mexico. In Southern New Mexico, closer to Las Cruces and El Paso, the current preferred process is the "Birch method", that uses chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, to process methamphetamine. Use of the "Birch method" is believed to be an attempt by small laboratory operators to acquire non-controlled chemicals for production, in order to subvert law enforcement scrutiny. Recent intelligence analysis indicates increased seizures of more "Mom and Pop" methamphetamine labs in the El Paso Division. It is cheaper to produce methamphetamine for your own use versus buying it on the street.
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The most common methods of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances continue to be illegal and indiscriminate prescribing and "doctor shopping." Hydrocodone, alprazolam, and benzodiazepene products continue to comprise the majority of prescription controlled drugs abused in North Texas. Oxycontin has surpassed hydrocodone (such as Vicodin) as the drug of choice for abusers seeking pharmaceuticals in the Tyler area. The most commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs in Houston continue to be Hydrocodone, Promethazine with Codeine and other Codeine cough syrups, and Benzodiazepines (mostly Alprazolam). Oxycontin abuse is on the increase, with most illegal prescriptions being written by pain management doctors. In addition to the aforementioned, commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs in San Antonio include Morphine, Dilaudid, Diazepam, Xanax, Tussionex, Lortab, Vicodin, and Ketamine. The major avenues for diversion continue to be illegal and indiscriminate prescribing and dispensing, pharmacy theft, employee pilferage, and forged prescriptions. The diversion of prescription drugs continues to be a significant enforcement issue. Illegal or improper prescription practices are the primary source for illegally obtained prescription drugs, primarily in the oxycodone/hydrocodone families. Interdiction efforts also indicate that prescription drug smuggling from Mexico, where these drugs can be sold over the counter, contributes to the illegal distribution of prescription medications. Within the Houston Field Division, one of the newer avenues for the diversion of of pharmaceutical controlled substances is Internet pharmacies. Mexican border town pharmacies remain an important source of illegal pharmaceuticals seized in the Houston Field Division. Compounding this issue, is the state's severe shortage of qualified medical personnel which forces state authorities to grant prescriptive authority to practitioners not licensed in other states. New Mexico has recently become one of the few states to grant prescribing authority to psychologists who have no medical or pharmaceutical training.
DEA Offices & Telephone Nos:
Dallas Divisional Office: 214-366-6900
Fort Worth Resident Office: 817-978-3455
Tyler Resident Office: 903-579-2400
Lubbock Resident Office: 806-798-7189
Amarillo Post of Duty: 806-324-2339
El Paso Field Office: 915-832-6000
Midland Resident Office: 432-686-4085
Alpine Resident Office: 432-837-3421
Houston Division Office: 713-693-3000
Beaumont Resident Office: 409-839-2461
Galveston Resident Office: 281-538-4500
San Antonio District Office: 210-442-5600
Austin Resident Office: 512-344-4900
Waco Resident Office: 254-741-1920
McAllen District Office: 956-992-8400
Brownsville Resident Office: 956-504-7000
Corpus Christi Resident Office: 361-888-0150
Laredo District Office: 956-523-6000
Eagle Pass Resident Office: 830-752-4000
Del Rio Post of Duty: 830-703-2000