Florida Drug Rehab & Alcohol Rehab
Florida drug facts and statistics
The state of Florida has always been a major concern for the DEA as well as state and local law enforcement officials due to the hundreds of miles of unpatrolled shoreline that the many foreign drug trafficking organizations are able to take advantage of. Being bordered on the east, south, and west by major bodies of water, these cartels have an unlimited supply of entry points along the coastline of the state.
Additionally, the east-west corridors of I-4 and I-10 along with the north-south corridors of I-75 and I-95 provide many opportunities to traffic illegal substances into other states as well as distributing these drugs throughout the state. The following facts and statistics are derived from information regarding drug rehab and substance addiction rehab program admissions in Florida drug rehab facilities:
- 44% of all meth users are between the ages of 21 and 30.
- 48% of all cocaine users smoke the drug in crack form and are between the ages of 31 and 40 compared to the 41% in that same age bracket who ingest it by other means (e.g. injecting, snorting, etc.)
- 31.5% of all heroin users are between the ages of 36 and 45.
- 40% of all marijuana users are between the ages of 12 and 20 while another 34% are between the ages of 21 and 30.
- 72.5% of all the individuals who abuse alcohol are male while 70% of all the ones who abuse alcohol and a secondary substance with it (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, meth, etc.) are male.
Research estimates that nearly 875,000 individuals living in Florida smoke marijuana while there are 145,000 cocaine addicts and roughly 8,200 heroin addicts. Further statistics reveal that nearly 385,000 individuals are abusing prescription medications while another 65,000 are taking some type of hallucinogen.
Information about the primary drug threats in Florida
Florida is obviously one of the primary areas in the US that is witnessing an ever-increasing amount of international drug trafficking activities as well as a number of money-laundering organizations that are becoming extremely active throughout the state. It is also one of the primary thoroughfares for the transporting of cocaine and heroin along the eastern seaboard to the northeastern US and up into Canada.
Here are some significant facts regarding the five primary drug threats in the state:
Club drugs – Florida is currently the nation’s leader for Ecstasy seizures and other club or date rape drugs. It is also the most readily available and dangerous drug in the state. Although seizures are rare, LSD is available in significant quantities as well as GHB which is popular among the college and university campuses in the state.
Cocaine – smaller retail up to multi-kilogram amounts are available throughout the state is the primary drug that the DEA and other law enforcement officials are concerned with in Florida. Its association with the ever increasing violent crime rate is also a major concern of these agencies. Where the lower socio-economic neighborhoods are concerned, crack cocaine is the drug of choice.
Heroin – Florida was ranked second in the US for heroin seizures between 1998 and 2001 but by 2007, it ranked #1 throughout the country. It is readily available in most areas of the state without the highest concentrations of the drug being found in the central and southern areas of the state. The major entry point for South American heroin coming into the US is Miami International Airport.
Marijuana – both domestically grown and cultivated marijuana as well as that which is can be found no matter where you are located in Florida. The indoor growing operations are extremely high tech and very sophisticated while being very accessible to those who can afford it. Additionally, the Florida Panhandle is the major transit area for marijuana being imported into the state from Mexico.
Methamphetamine – the primary drug threat in central Florida is methamphetamine but overall, the amount of meth lab seizures throughout the state has increased exponentially within the past couple of years. Despite the fact that these meth labs tend to be smaller and clandestine in nature, they have become an ever-growing concern of both the DEA and Florida law enforcement agencies.
Getting the help you need from a Florida drug rehab center
The ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy) estimates by the year 2020, there will be nearly 27 million Americans who will have drug abuse, addiction, and dependency issues. Unfortunately, only about 10% of them will receive the professional help they need from a facility that specializes in drug and alcohol addiction. For many of these individuals, it is the lack of financial means or the fear of the unknown that keeps them from entering a drug addiction rehab program. Where these individuals are concerned, they could enter an out-patient program instead.
The fear of the unknown relates to the fear that many addicts have of learning how to live without using drugs daily just to function normally. In addition to the financial inability to pay for a long-term in-patient Florida drug rehab program or having a sufficient health insurance policy that covers the costs, there may be other significant reasons for not entering one of these programs. Many adults are the sole guardian or parent of children in the house while others are pursuing their education or working full-time jobs.
Let us help you find a Florida drug rehab program
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