Missouri Drug Abuse
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Data shows that those 18-25 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – drug detox and rehab in Missouri. Those 18 and older are in the same situation for alcohol detox and rehab. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 816-566-5103. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.
What you should know
Missouri’s central location makes it a crucial transportation center for drug trafficking organizations. Those from Mexico control most of the distribution of meth, cocaine, marijuana and heroin in Missouri. But several organizations with ties to Texas, Arizona and California also traffic in meth, cocaine and heroin.
Compared to other states
- Illicit drugs overall – average for those 18-25, moderately low for those 26 and older
- Cocaine – moderately high for those 18-25, average for those 26 and older
- Alcohol – average for those 18 and older
- Pharmaceuticals – average for those 18-25, low for those 26 and older
- Marijuana – moderately 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
Cocaine and crack easily available in St. Louis and Kansas City. Much of the cocaine is converted to crack and sold in inner cities. While Hispanic trafficking organizations control the wholesale distribution of cocaine, small independent dealers and street gangs — some with loose affiliations to national gangs — control local distribution of crack.
Hydrocodone and oxycodone products a threat. Alprazolam, methadone, codeine, Adderall and Ritalin are among the most commonly abused. Sources are forged prescriptions, employee theft, pharmacy theft, illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers, “doctor shopping” and internet purchases.
Readily available throughout the state. Mexican marijuana is imported from the Southwest Border, although higher-purity BC Bud from Canada is increasingly available. Indoor grow operations are in St. Louis and Kansas City. Outdoor grow operations are in rural areas.
A moderate problem.
Mexican black tar and white heroin from South America or Southwest Asia available. Emergence of white heroin in eastern Missouri has led to expanded use in more suburban and rural areas of that part of the state. Availability of any type of heroin is very limited in western Missouri.
Mexican and locally produced meth available. Crystal ice from organizations based in Mexico, California and the Southwest is overwhelming the western half of the state. Small meth labs, which get their ingredients through “smurfing” and theft, also are in western Missouri. In eastern Missouri, Mexican drug trafficking organizations supply the meth.
MDMA (Ecstasy) available in all areas. It is brought in from California, New York, Texas and Washington. GHB and MDMA are readily available in dance clubs in major cities and around college campuses. PCP is more of a problem in Kansas City than in St. Louis. LSD use is not widespread.
Percentage of Missouri population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||7.82|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||9.68|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||5.42|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||4.03|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||2.26|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||4.80|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||38.53|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||54.24|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||25.88|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||39.90|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||1.67|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.62|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||8.28|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||9.76|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||2.38|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||7.83|
|Serious psychological distress||13.00|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||8.57|
- 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.