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What you should know
Oregon is a transshipment point for drugs smuggled from Mexico to Washington, Canada, Montana, Minnesota, Illinois, and New York. Mexican drug organizations dominate trafficking.
Oregon Compared to other states
Illicit drugs overall – among the highest for those 18 and older
Pharmaceuticals – among the highest for those 18 and older
Marijuana – among the highest for those 18 and older
Cocaine – among the highest for those 18-25, moderately high for those 26 and older
Alcohol – among the highest for those 26 and older, moderately high for those 18-25
Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A Closer Look Many Substances Prominently Abused in Oregon
Most abused drugs and easily available. Marijuana for medicinal purposes is legal. Large quantities are cultivated locally in indoor and outdoor operations. Cultivation ranges from simple dirt grow too complex hydroponics operations controlled by Caucasian, Asian, and Mexican drug organizations. Some large operations have been found on private, state, and forest lands. High-potency marijuana is distributed to other parts of the U.S. as well as locally.
A severe problem.
Oxycodone and hydrocodone products and methadone a threat. Sources are illegal dispensing and prescribing by physicians, illegal distribution by pharmacists, prescription forgery, “doctor shopping” and thefts from pharmacies, nursing homes, and hospitals.
Powder form most prevalent. But a crack is prevalent in some urban areas. Mexican traffickers dominate the wholesale distribution, transporting the drug from Mexico, California, and other southwestern states. The Mexican organizations plus street gangs, prison gangs, and local independent dealers sell retail amounts.
One of the most commonly used drugs. Mexican drug organizations dominate the meth supply in all of the Pacific Northwest. Availability is high, especially ice. Sale of pseudoephedrine, a precursor chemical, is limited to licensed pharmacies. As a result, the number of local labs has decreased.
Mexican black tar most common. Mexican trafficking organizations dominate the distribution of black tar and brown powdered heroin produced in Mexico and transported from the Southwest. Mexican street gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs are involved to a lesser degree.
Variety of sources. MDMA (Ecstasy) comes from Canada, ketamine from Mexico, and GHB and LSD from California. Some GHB and LSD production is local. GHB also is obtained on the internet. The drugs, including PCP and Psilocybin mushrooms, are abused mainly at social venues in populated areas and on college campuses.
Percentage of Florida population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||10.04|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||12.80|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||7.58|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||4.08|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||2.40|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||5.17|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||28.90|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||59.75|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||22.92|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||38.60|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE, AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||1.82|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.53|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||6.74|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||8.38|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||2.17|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||6.50|
|Serious psychological distress||11.00|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||7.23|
1 Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.2 Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.
3 When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, the use of marijuana or alcohol is high.
4 Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
5 Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
6 Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.
7 Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.
Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.