South Carolina, once considered a “consumer state” has transcended to being a “source state” for illegal drugs.
South Carolina is increasingly documented as a transshipment corridor for all manners of illicit drugs and drug proceeds. There is increasing evidence of organizational activity extending to major distribution hubs, such as New York City, Southern Florida, Southern Texas/Mexico and Southern California. It is strategically located midway between Miami and New York City, where I-20, I-26, and I-77 intersect with I-95 and I-85. South Carolina’s location is ideal for transshipping contraband throughout the Eastern Seaboard. From Mexico and the southwest border states, traffickers travel on I-20 and I-85 to supply northeastern states with Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, and Heroin.
Marijuana: Marijuana the most prevalent illegal drug of abuse in South Carolina, primarily comes from Mexico by way of I-20. Interstate 26 and I-95 are popular routes for traffickers targeting Charleston, Florence and Myrtle Beach areas.
Cocaine: Cocaine and crack Cocaine continue to be among the most widely abused drugs throughout the state. Though Cocaine was the most seized illicit drug in the state in the last year, it was also the only illicit drug showing a decline in seizures compared to the previous year. 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.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is a constant threat in the state of South Carolina. In the last year there as been a slight increase in Methamphetamine seizures pivotal to the steady decrease documented between 2005 and 2007. This spurt, in spite of recently passed state and federal laws prohibiting the sale of Methamphetamine precursors, may be attributed to traffickers using alternative methods for processing Methamphetamine or Ice.
Heroin: Heroin is readily available in multi-gram quantities throughout South Carolina and is routinely packaged in "bundles" for distribution. Seizure statistics show a substantial increase in comparison to last year. Intelligence reveals that South American, Southeast Asian, and Mexican Heroin is found in the state; however, there is no information that reveals which Heroin type is most preferred by users. Mexican DTOs dominate Heroin trafficking in South Carolina and are the primary sources of supply in the Columbia area. African-American DTOs with sources in New York and Baltimore control Heroin trafficking in the Charleston metropolitan area.
Prescription Drugs: Current intelligence indicates that diversion of OxyContin, hydrocodone products (such as Vicodin), and pseudoephedrine continues to be a problem in South Carolina. Primary methods of diversion being reported are illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, and “doctor shopping” (going to a number of doctors to obtain prescriptions for a controlled pharmaceutical). Methadone, benzodiazepines, MS Contin, and fentanyl were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in South Carolina. This is ample reason for South Carolina drug rehab and Rhode Island 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.