The use of Methamphetamine continues to affect all areas of South Dakota.
Use of and demand for Methamphetamine has continued to rise over the past year. Methamphetamine has come to the attention of the public through an increasingly aware media, informed public officials from the local to national level, and concerned citizens. Public efforts are underway by law enforcement, politicians, social service agencies and the media to further educate the public to the dangers of Methamphetamine use and abuse. In addition, Marijuana is readily available in all areas of South Dakota. It continues as the most abused of the illegal controlled substances.
Cocaine: Cocaine is easily obtained throughout South Dakota and has increased in availability during the past couple of years. Kilogram quantity Cocaine transactions are rare in South Dakota. However, intelligence indicated that established groups had brought kilogram quantities of HCl to Sioux Falls which was then converted to crack Cocaine. Cocaine is obtained from individuals or organizations based in Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Sioux City, Iowa. An area of concern is the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. Even with the proliferation of Methamphetamine in the area, Cocaine remains the drug of choice in many areas on this reservation and is readily available.
Heroin: Heroin is typically available only in personal use quantities in South Dakota.
Methamphetamine: The majority of Methamphetamine available in the Sioux Falls area appears to be distributed by long-time Caucasian residents and Mexican drug traffickers that are attempting to shield themselves from law enforcement detection within the area's growing Hispanic communities. Hispanic immigrants are relocating to cities within the region, seeking employment in meat and poultry packing facilities in rural communities in South Dakota. Mexican traffickers avoid heightened law enforcement scrutiny by blending in with these growing Hispanic communities. Mexican traffickers often use these meatpacking towns as transshipment hubs and secondary markets for drug distribution. In the past, quantities of Methamphetamine have also come to Sioux Falls from the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Methamphetamine continues to be a drug of choice in the Rapid City area and is increasingly available. Methamphetamine traffickers in the Rapid City area are mainly supplied from sources in larger cities such as Denver, Colorado, and the southwestern United States. Almost all Methamphetamine seized locally is now "ice" Methamphetamine, but purity levels frequently fall below 90% and usually range from 50-80%.
Marijuana is readily available throughout South Dakota. Multi-hundred pound quantities are transported into the state from the southwest border, Colorado, California, and Washington. Smaller quantities are also shipped via express mail services or purchased from Hispanic males in the Sioux City area and driven back to Sioux Falls. Higher purity Marijuana is produced in indoor grow operations in the Sioux Falls area, which typically contain less than 100 plants. Larger indoor operations are occasionally found located in residences but usually number less than 100 plants.
Prescription Drugs: Diversion of OxyContin and hydrocodone products continues to be a problem throughout South Dakota. Primary methods of diversion being reported are “doctor shopping”(going to multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions for controlled pharmaceuticals), forged prescriptions, and phony call-ins. Codeine, Darvocet-N, Alprazolam and lorazepam were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in South Dakota. This is ample reason for South Dakota drug rehab and South Dakota drug detox attention state wide immediately.
Crystal Meth addiction, along with other drug addictions have become a real epidemic in the United States. 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 Crystal Meth can be one of the hardest addictions to treat and we believe that inpatient drug detox is the most effective way of dealing with Methamphetamine withdrawal.