The drug problem in Alabama is alarming especially with cocaine being a significant drug threat to the state as well as the current abuse trends with methamphetamine, club drugs and pharmaceutical drugs such as hydrocodone.
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According to recent statistics, approximately 92,000 people in the state of Alabama or 2.47% of the population reported needing but not receiving treatment during 2004-2005. During 2006, there were 20,840 admissions to drug/alcohol treatment in Alabama. This number is about the same as the number of treatment admission in 2005 which were 20,081. During 2004, there were 19,838 admissions to treatment in Alabama.
Recent data indicates that approximately 275,000 or 7% of Alabama citizens reported past use of an illicit drug in 2004-2005.
Methamphetamine is currently the primary drug threat in the state of Alabama according to law enforcement officials. The drug, produced in home-made methamphetamine laboratories across the state, is now being replaced by a purer form of meth, called “ice.”
While marijuana is still the most commonly abused illicit substance in the state, currently cocaine is a significant drug threat in the state of Alabama. The drug is widely available throughout the state.
Recently the abuse of heroin in the state of Alabama has increased as has the number of people entering substance abuse treatment programs in the state for heroin addiction.
Both the distribution and abuse of club drugs such as MDMA, or ecstasy, LSD, GHB and Ketamine are on a rise in Alabama. This has led to an increases in arrests, overdoses and seizures of such drugs. Currently these club drugs are mostly found on college campuses. GHB and MDMA, or ecstasy have emerged as club drugs of choice within the state.
According to recent statistics, Hydrocodone was the most abused pharmaceutical drug in Alabama in 2005. Other drugs commonly abuse in the state were also OxyContin and Vicodin.