Mississippi Drug Abuse
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Data shows that those 18 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – drug detox and rehab in Mississippi. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 877-711-4673. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.
What you should know
Mississippi is a major transshipment point for bulk quantities of illegal drugs from the Southwest Border to points north and east. Known as the “Crossroads of the South,” the state is ideal for trafficking because of interstate highways, deep water and river ports, and air and rail systems.
Compared to other states
- Illicit drugs overall – low for those 18 and older
- Pharmaceuticals – moderately low for those 18 and older
- Cocaine – moderately low for those 26 and older, low for those 18-25
- Marijuana – low for those 18 and older
- Alcohol – low for those 18 and older
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
Primary drug threat. Use is reported in cities and rural areas. Traffickers include Colombian and Mexican drug organizations and African-American criminal groups. Most of the powdered cocaine is converted into crack by African-American street gangs and local independent dealers.
Second most serious drug threat and fastest growing. The drug primarily is produced in Mexico. Locally produced meth is for local use. Independent African-American groups are becoming involved in distribution.
Most frequently used and abused drug. Although admission rates for treatment are moderate, abuse is widespread. Mexican marijuana is regularly transported through Mississippi along main transportation routes. Locally grown marijuana is also available. Local dealers, street gangs and small trafficking groups distribute in the local market.
OxyContin a substantial threat. Sources are prescription forgeries, “doctor shopping,” internet pharmacies and methadone clinics in neighboring states.
On the rise, but not a significant threat. The most popular club drug is MDMA (Ecstasy). Club drugs are available in small quantities throughout the state, especially around university towns.
Not much of a threat. Heroin seen in Mississippi is mostly what’s seized in highway interdiction stops for vehicles en route to large cities in the North and East such as Chicago or Atlanta.
Not a significant problem.
Percentage of Mississippi population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||7.04|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||7.60|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||4.59|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||3.64|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||1.74|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||4.05|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||52.09|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||40.00|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||20.18|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||47.78|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||1.81|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.72|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||6.60|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||8.03|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||2.26|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||6.32|
|Serious psychological distress||12.00|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||6.80|
- Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.
- 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.
- When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.
- 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.
- Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
- Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.
- 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.