Virginia Addiction Treatment
During 2006, there were 35,197 admissions to alcohol and drug treatment centers in Virginia. There were 36,878 such treatment admissions during 2005. In 2004, there were 57,435 admissions to drug treatment programs in the state. Approximately 136,000 Virginia citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.
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Virginia Drug Addiction
Historically, the mid-Atlantic region has served as a thoroughfare for drugs, drug-related proceeds, weapons, and other contraband traveling along the east coast of the United States. Virginia cities situated along Interstate-95 are vulnerable to "spillover" drug distribution from traffickers moving between the two major eastern drug importation hubs of New York City and Miami. Cocaine, crack cocaine, and the violence attendant with the trafficking of these drugs are the most significant drug problem in the state, according to most law enforcement sources. However, clandestine methamphetamine laboratories remain a problem, and Mexican trafficking organizations are making enormous inroads in the cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana addiction and distribution markets in nearly every part of the state.
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Virginia Drug Information
Localized clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine, which was increasing in Virginia, has decreased, due to the passage of state and Federal laws regulating precursors. Most lab activity is still centered on the far southwestern corner of the state bordering West Virginia, North Carolina, and Kentucky. The Shenandoah Valley region contains the highest percentage of methamphetamine abusers in the state, and was the first area of the state to receive a huge influx of Mexican immigrants, whose presence encouraged an expansion of existing Mexican drug-trafficking networks. In rave and nightclub venues, both "ice" and methamphetamine have become drugs of choice.
Current investigations indicate that diversion of OxyContin® (both brand name and generic), Percocet®, and Dilaudid® continues to be a problem in Virginia. 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), employee theft, and the Internet. Hydromorphone, methadone, and benzodiazepines were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Virginia.
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