In central and western Iowa, Methamphetamine remains the principal drug of concern, while Cocaine is the principal drug of concern in eastern Iowa.
NPrescription drug abuse is also a major concern. Interstates 29 and 35 provide a critical north-south transportation avenue for drug traffickers. Iowa also serves as a transshipment point for drugs being transported to the eastern United States via Interstate 80. Hispanic trafficking organizations import large quantities of Methamphetamine into Iowa, sometimes with their shipments of Cocaine and Marijuana.
Cocaine: Cocaine HCl is readily available throughout Iowa. In metropolitan areas of eastern Iowa, Cocaine is the number two drug of choice, behind Marijuana. Chicago and California are primary source areas for Cocaine coming into eastern Iowa. Most of the crack Cocaine in eastern Iowa is sold by African-American traffickers, supplied by street gangs out of Chicago. The crack Cocaine is often arriving from the Chicago and Arkansas areas. Numerous subjects with ties to Kansas City have been arrested in Sioux City, but the void left by the arrests of those subjects has been quickly and easily filled by subjects from Chicago and Arkansas.
Heroin: Most of the Heroin in Iowa can be found in the eastern part of the state. While Heroin availability is limited in Iowa, the Cedar Rapids Resident Office reports that when encountered, it is usually of the white Heroin type.
Methamphetamine: The Methamphetamine abused in Iowa comes from two distinct sources. Hispanic trafficking organizations import large quantities of Methamphetamine into Iowa, primarily via motor vehicles and mail delivery services. This Methamphetamine is usually in crystallized form and is known as “Ice.” There are large Mexican communities throughout Iowa and a significant illegal immigrant problem, primarily with Mexican nationals. These communities afford Mexican traffickers a ready-made pipeline and infrastructure to distribute Methamphetamine.
A decrease in the purity of the Mexican-produced “ice” has led many users in the state of Iowa to return to using higher-purity Methamphetamine produced locally in small toxic laboratories. Local manufacturers bypass laws limiting the sale of pseudo ephedrine by using friends and family to purchase large quantities of pseudo ephedrine pills from retail stores (known as “smurfing”), and thefts of anhydrous ammonia have increased.
Marijuana: Marijuana is readily available throughout Iowa. Cedar Rapids continues to report that Marijuana in eastern Iowa primarily originates from sources along the southwest border. Wholesale Marijuana in northwest Iowa is primarily distributed by the large Hispanic community in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The majority of the Marijuana throughout Iowa is imported from the southwest border in motor vehicles and mail delivery services. Domestically produced Marijuana is also available in Iowa. Small indoor and outdoor grow operations have been found in eastern and central Iowa. High grade Marijuana is also readily available in Iowa from sources in Canada and the West Coast of the United States. Low-quality “ditchweed” Marijuana also continues to be available.
Prescription Drugs: Multiple sources of information indicate that diversion of hydrocodone products such as Vicodin and Oxycodone products such as OxyContin continues to be a problem in Iowa. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” (going to multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions for controlled pharmaceuticals), forged prescriptions, employee theft, and Internet purchases. Benzodiazepines and codeine were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Iowa. This is ample reason for Iowa drug rehab, and Iowa drug detox attention state wide immediately.
The drug and alcohol 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 drugs and alcohol is hard to treat and we believe that inpatient drug detox is the most effective way of dealing with prescription drug withdrawal.