Rhode Island Drug Abuse
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Data shows that those 18 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – drug and alcohol detox and rehab in Rhode Island. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 401-484-6576. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.
What you should know
Cocaine is the drug of choice in Rhode Island. Traffickers of cocaine use the state as a transshipment point for distribution throughout New England.
Compared to other states
Illicit drugs overall – among the highest for those 18 and older
Cocaine – 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
Alcohol – moderately high for those 26 and older, average 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
Readily available. It is transported via the Southwest from South America. Shipments come in motor vehicles, including tractor-trailers, and on commercial airlines. Colombian and Dominican traffickers distribute the drug. Much it is converted into crack cocaine for sale at the retail level.
Widely available in large amounts. Medicinal marijuana is legal. Most of the marijuana is Mexican and imported from the Southwest Border via parcel carriers and couriers on commercial airlines. Hydroponically produced marijuana primarily comes from Canada on tractor-trailers.
OxyContin most popular. Sources are fraudulent prescriptions, “doctor shopping,” pharmacy break-ins and hospital thefts.
Available in almost every town and city. Most of the supply is Colombian. Dominican, Colombian and Puerto Rican traffickers dominate distribution. Transport into Rhode Island is by courier to Providence via airplane, train and automobile.
A significant problem.
Increasing, particularly MDMA (Ecstasy) and GHB. MDMA comes mostly from Canada and Boston. The drug is encountered in Providence nightclubs and at rave parties throughout the state.
Rarely seen. Ice is the type that is encountered.
Percentage of Rhode Island population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||12.44|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||15.87|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||10.37|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||5.48|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||4.32|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||6.06|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||31.35|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||67.42|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||29.56|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||38.40|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||2.61|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||4.04|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||8.77|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||11.60|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||3.56|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||8.57|
|Serious psychological distress||12.81|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||7.91|
- 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.