North Carolina is considered a secondary regional distribution hub for most illicit drugs.
Intelligence indicates a direct correlation between the increase in drug trafficking and the influx of illegal aliens and foreign nationals into the state. This reality is aided by the extensive highway and interstate infrastructure that connects North Carolina to northern Georgia and other states along the Eastern Seaboard. Mexican traffickers and Mexican DTOs continue to play an increasingly dominant role in the importation and distribution of illegal drugs within North Carolina. Mexican poly-drug organizations are the largest foreign threat in the state, predominantly trafficking in Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Heroin.
Marijuana: Marijuana is one of the most prevalent drugs in North Carolina. Outdoor Marijuana cultivation is common throughout the state. These outdoor sites include the federal forest lands in the lower Appalachian Mountain Range area and the swamps along the Atlantic coast. Recently, several thousand Marijuana plants were seized on public land in McDowell County. In the Charlotte metropolitan area, there is a local preference for Canadian, Sinsemilla, and exotic hydroponic strains over Mexican and domestic outdoor varieties. Over the past six years, authorities have witnessed changes in domestic outdoor and indoor Marijuana cultivation throughout the state, which corroborate the market shift.
Cocaine: Recent intelligence indicates that Cocaine is less available in the state than it has been in previous years. Though seizures for 2008 increased, there was a noted decline in availability beginning in July, 2008. This phenomenon is due to the combined efforts of domestic and international law enforcement entities impeding the movement of Cocaine through Mexico into the U.S. Because it has become increasingly difficult to transport Cocaine into the U.S., some traffickers are supplementing their income by selling other drugs such as Marijuana, MDMA and prescription drugs. North Carolina is a destination state for Cocaine HCl, as well as a staging and transshipment point to the more northern states along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Midwest, including Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. Traffickers take advantage of the state's highway infrastructure, which provides major transshipment routes for Cocaine being transported from source areas to other states.
Methamphetamine: Clandestine production of Methamphetamine was a statewide epidemic; however, seizures stabilized by the end of 2005. Though there was a very small increase in the number of clandestine lab seizures over the last year, the amount of meth seizures were significantly decreased. This was due to coordinated efforts of law enforcement operations and sales regulation of precursor chemicals such as pseudoephedrine, iodine, and anhydrous ammonia, necessary for the production of Methamphetamine.
Heroin: Heroin use and availability is growing in North Carolina. It crisscrosses the state and is present in every metropolitan area. Statistics indicate a 77 percent increase in Heroin seizures in the last year (2007 – 2008). Mexican DTOs transport small consignments of Mexican brown and black tar Heroin from the Southwest Border states to North Carolina using private and commercial vehicles and express parcel services. Other Hispanic, Asian, and African-American traffickers transport South American, Southeast Asian, and Southwest Asian Heroin from Miami, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia by private vehicles and networks of commercial bus and airline couriers.
Prescription Drugs: The illegal distribution and abuse of controlled pharmaceuticals is widespread throughout North Carolina. Their appeal is simply due to the relative ease of acquisition and use. The diversion of prescription opiates, such as methadone, morphine, codeine, Oxycodone and hydrocodone, continues to be a problem in the largest metropolitan centers of the state. The 2007 North Carolina State Risk Behavior Survey indicated that 25 percent of high school students in Western North Carolina reported having used prescription drugs recreationally at least once, compared with only 17 percent of high school students in Central and Eastern North Carolina. Prescription drugs most often cited were OxyContin, Percocet, Xanax, and Adderall. The Asheville-Buncombe Drug Commission attributes some of this regional difference to a larger over-65 resident population on Medicare being prescribed prescription opiates/analgesics. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax and Valium®, were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping,” forged prescriptions, employee theft, and the Internet. This is ample reason for North Carolina drug rehab and North Carolina 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.