Due to its geographical location and extensive transportation infrastructure, Texas at the Houston Field Division continues to be a primary transshipment area for the bulk importation of most major categories of drugs to include Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine.
Drug smuggling and illicit transportation are primarily dominated by Mexican, Colombian and Dominican poly-drug trafficking organizations.
Cocaine: North Texas is a distribution and transshipment area for Cocaine that is distributed via passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers to destinations in the Midwestern, Northern, and Eastern U.S. Intelligence indicates that organizations operating on the East Coast are interested in setting up an operation in the greater Dallas area in order to obtain reliable supplies of Cocaine at a lower price than what they pay on the East Coast.
Heroin: Mexican black tar (MBT) Heroin remains the primary Heroin threat in north Texas. MBT Heroin is readily available throughout north Texas. Based on intelligence, the greater Dallas Fort Worth area is a distribution point for MBT Heroin shipped to the Eastern, Southeastern, and Midwestern United States. The average Heroin purity level for the Dallas Field Division has gradually fallen for four consecutive quarters, from a peak of 67% to 15% during the first quarter of FY2007.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine availability of Methamphetamine remains high in north Texas, and the pace of enforcement activities surrounding Methamphetamine continues to escalate. However, Mexican manufactured Methamphetamine now dominates the market in the Dallas Field Division. New Texas laws restricting the purchase of pseudoephedrine products went into effect in late 2005, resulting in a 73% decrease in clandestine lab seizures in the Dallas Field Division. Most of the Mexican manufactured Methamphetamine transported to the region comes from Mexico, California, and Arizona through traditional means, such as passenger and commercial vehicles.
Prescription Drugs: The most common methods of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances continue to be illegal and indiscriminate prescribing and "doctor shopping." Hydrocodone, alprazolam, and benzodiazepene products continue to comprise the majority of prescription controlled drugs abused in North Texas. Oxycontin has surpassed hydrocodone as the drug of choice for abusers seeking pharmaceuticals in the Tyler area. The most commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs in Houston continue to be Hydrocodone, Promethazine with Codeine and other Codeine cough syrups, and Benzodiazepines (mostly Alprazolam). Oxycontin abuse is on the increase, with most illegal prescriptions being written by pain management doctors. In addition to the aforementioned, commonly abused pharmaceutical drugs in San Antonio include Morphine, Dilaudid, Diazepam, Xanax, Tussionex, Lortab, Vicodin, and Ketamine. The major avenues for diversion continue to be illegal and indiscriminate prescribing and dispensing, pharmacy theft, employee pilferage, and forged prescriptions. The diversion of prescription drugs continues to be a significant enforcement issue. Illegal or improper prescription practices are the primary source for illegally obtained prescription drugs, primarily in the Oxycodone/hydrocodone families. Interdiction efforts also indicate that prescription drug smuggling from Mexico, where these drugs can be sold over the counter, contributes to the illegal distribution of prescription medications. Within the Houston Field Division, one of the newer avenues for the diversion of of pharmaceutical controlled substances is Internet pharmacies. Mexican border town pharmacies remain an important source of illegal pharmaceuticals seized in the Houston Field Division. Compounding this issue, is the state's severe shortage of qualified medical personnel which forces state authorities to grant prescriptive authority to practitioners not licensed in other states. New Mexico has recently become one of the few states to grant prescribing authority to psychologists who have no medical or pharmaceutical training. This is ample reason for Texas drug rehab and Texas drug detox attention state wide immediately.
Texas is experiencing an increase in drug use and abuse. 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.