Marijuana, Methamphetamine, diverted pharmaceutical drugs, and Cocaine are the primary drug threats in the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky is a primary source of domestically grown Marijuana, the majority of which is produced in southeastern Kentucky. The commonwealth consistently ranks as one of the top Marijuana producing states. Marijuana produced in Kentucky either remains in the commonwealth or is exported to metropolitan areas in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and the eastern United States. The abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, particularly hydrocodone and Oxycodone, remain one of, if not the, largest drug problem in southeastern Kentucky. The availability of diverted pharmaceuticals in central and northern Kentucky remains at a high level.
Cocaine: Cocaine is readily available in central and southeastern Kentucky. Mexican DTOs are the top-level traffickers and the primary source of Cocaine from the Southwest Border via metropolitan areas in the Midwest and southeast. Mexican DTOs supply Cocaine to inner-city retail/street level distributors. Mexican trafficking organizations use business fronts, such as restaurants and auto repair/detailing shops, to distribute and launder profits. Inner-city DTOs also obtain large amounts of Cocaine from non-Mexican DTOs via motor vehicles and parcel delivery services. The price and purity of Cocaine in Kentucky increased during 2008.
Heroin: Heroin the presence of Heroin in Kentucky is limited, but the availability of Mexican Black Tar Heroin has risen in the Louisville area. There is a low demand for small amounts of Heroin in some areas of southeastern Kentucky. When encountered, Heroin has usually been found in user amounts, with the sources of supply from Atlanta, Georgia, or Chicago, Illinois.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine continues to be widely available in central and southeastern Kentucky. Primary suppliers of Methamphetamine are Mexican DTOs. A decrease in clandestine laboratories/clandestine manufacturing in southeastern Kentucky are countered by importation of “ICE” Methamphetamine from Mexico via the Southwest Border, Atlanta, Georgia, and Asheville, North Carolina.
Pharmaceutical Diversion: The abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, particularly hydrocodone and Oxycodone (Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin and Oxycontin), remain one of, if not the, largest drug problem in southeastern Kentucky. The availability of diverted pharmaceuticals in central and northern Kentucky remains high, but stable. The availability of Oxycontin in southeastern Kentucky has risen due to the increased availability of pills transported from Midwest metropolitan areas. Primary methods of diversion include pharmacy theft, “doctor shopping,” prescription fraud, and purchasing large quantities of drugs from unscrupulous Internet pharmacies. This is ample reason for Kentucky drug rehab, and Kentucky drug detox attention state wide immediately.
Marijuana: Kentucky is a major source of domestically grown Marijuana. In 2007, Kentucky ranked second in total domestic Marijuana production. National Forest lands covering more than 690,000 acres of eastern Kentucky are remote, sparsely populated, very accessible, and possess ideal soil and climate conditions for cannabis cultivation. Marijuana plots on National Forest lands, usually in the deforested areas, are found in various locations from the bottom lands to the hillsides and the tops of mountains. Marijuana growers also perceive the rural areas of National Forest land as too spacious for law enforcement officials to detect their activities. Lastly, growers often plant their crops on public lands in an effort to protect themselves from personal and/or financial loss due to asset forfeiture procedures.
Addictions and Alcoholism, in Kentucky and in the United States has become a real epidemic. 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. Alcoholism can be one of the hardest addictions to treat and we believe that inpatient alcohol detox is the most effective way of dealing with alcohol withdrawal.