Alabama has the 6th highest rate of prescription drug use in the entire nation.
Nationwide surveys have indicated a care-free attitude among Alabama teenagers toward drugs and alcohol. Drugs like Marijuana, alcohol and LSD often serve as a doorway to prolonged and destructive drugs which create opiate addiction, Heroin addiction, or abuse of prescription drugs. These addictions require professional treatment through a qualified drug and alcohol recovery center or drug detox treatment program. The abuse of prescription drugs gets worse every year, and meth labs are becoming more common in Alabama. Prescription painkillers like Oxycontin provide an unrealized threat to families across the nation.
Cocaine: Law Enforcement agencies throughout Alabama report Cocaine closely behind Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth), as a significant threat. Cocaine is widely available throughout the state. Most of the Cocaine is transported into Alabama from the Houston, Texas or Atlanta, Georgia areas.
Heroin: Over the past year, the presence of Heroin has increased. Heroin is available in certain areas of Mobile and Birmingham, as well as Montgomery and Auburn in limited quantities. Heroin is transported into Alabama via private and commercial vehicles. At the present time, there is limited or no intelligence as to any specific organizations that are responsible for the distribution of Heroin in Alabama.
Methamphetamine: For the second year, Methamphetamine has been identified by law enforcement as the number one drug threat in Alabama. The number of Methamphetamine labs seized in 2005 was approximately 20% fewer than in 2004. Virtually all of the Methamphetamine coming into the state is brought in by Mexican DTOs from Mexico and Texas and distribution points in Atlanta, Georgia. There are independent dealers who obtain lesser amounts in Atlanta for personal use with a small amount for distribution to cover the expense of the drugs.
Marijuana: Marijuana is the most widely abused and available drug in Alabama. The large, rural areas in Alabama contribute heavily to the large quantities of Marijuana produced in the state. The Alabama Marijuana Eradication Program seized 91,614 plants in 2005. Mexican DTOs are responsible for the majority of bulk Marijuana transported into the state. Local independent dealers and African American DTOs distribute Marijuana in the local retail market.
Prescription Drugs: Hydrocodone was the most abused pharmaceutical drug in 2005. Other drugs commonly diverted and abused were Oxycontin and Vicodin. The average age of a first time user of an opiate drug is between 15 and 22. Alabama created a law to assist in curbing "doctor shopping" by implementing a Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Pharmaceuticals, prescription drugs are transported into Alabama mostly by private vehicle. These drugs are also obtained through forged prescriptions and “doctor shopping.” An increasing problem is the obtaining of pharmaceutical drugs via the internet. This is ample reason for Alabama drug rehab, and Alabama drug detox attention state wide immediately.
The prescription drug problem in the United States has become a real epidemic. Instead of treating drug addicts like criminals we believe people suffering from pain pill addiction, alcoholism and other drug addictions should have a comfortable drug detox to ensure long lasting sobriety and clean time. Addiction to pain killers can be one of the hardest addictions to treat and we believe that inpatient drug detox is the most effective way of dealing with prescription drug withdrawal.