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Utah addiction treatmentDuring 2006, there were 15,569 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Utah. There were 14,926 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were 13,931 admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 55,000 Utah citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.

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Heroin is a serious problem in Utah. Mexican brown and black tar heroin are available throughout the state, with multi-ounce and larger quantities primarily distributed in the major cities. Most Mexican heroin distribution organizations employ "runners" who deliver heroin-filled balloons to their customers in parking lots throughout Salt Lake, Davis, and Utah Counties. Mexico and Southern California are the source areas for multi-ounce and pound quantities of heroin. Most Mexican organizations trafficking in heroin also distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

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Utah Drug Information

For the past several years, seizures of methamphetamine labs have declined substantially in Utah. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2007, only 9 labs and/or dumpsites were seized in the entire state. This is the lowest number seized in recent memory and a far cry from the peak of 272 in FY 1999. This decline is attributed to a number of factors, including strict precursor legislation, community awareness and education campaigns, as well as aggressive law enforcement efforts. Currently, most labs discovered in Utah are small, as measured by the amount of product made per cook, and rudimentary. Most are mobile labs that use the "red, white, and blue" method of manufacture.

Current investigations indicate that diversion of OxyContin® continues to be a problem in Utah. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, "doctor shopping" (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical), forged prescriptions, and employee theft. Diazepam, meperidine, and methadone were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Utah.

DEA Offices & Telephone Nos:
Salt Lake City: 801-524-4156
St. George: 435-673-6255

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