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Where Are Street Drugs in the US Coming From?

Street Drugs in the US

Where Are Street Drugs in the US Coming From?

Many individuals in the United States have used cocaine or at least tried it. The majority of the cocaine comes from Colombia. The largest portion of street drugs in the US that come from other countries is manufactured in Central and South America. These drugs usually come into the US by way of Mexico.

Street Drugs in the US Manufactured in Colombia

Almost all of the cocaine consumed in the world comes from Colombia, Peru, and smaller amounts in Bolivia. In these countries, the crop used for cocaine, coca, is consumed legally. Individuals either chew the leaves or make tea with them. This practice has been carried on for centuries in these countries.

There is a lack of state control in Colombia. Therefore, much of the coca is grown in remote parts of the country. According to the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), in 2016, an estimated 106,000 families lived off of farming coca in Colombia. In 2016, Colombia’s coca cultivation reached record levels.

Heroin Being Manufactured in Mexico

Due to the fact that so many states in the US are legalizing marijuana now, Mexican farmers are growing opium poppies. The gum produced from these plants is used to manufacture heroin. The opium poppies bring a higher price to the small farmers than marijuana which was grown earlier.

Where marijuana seizures at the border have fallen by more than half, methamphetamine and heroin seizures are holding steady or increasing. Authorities seize most of these drugs at legal ports of entry. However, authorities have found many underground tunnels from Mexico to the United States also.

Street Drugs in the US from Other Countries

Fentanyl is a controlled substance in the United States. However, fentanyl has become linked to many overdose deaths in this country today. It is now one of the major street drugs in the US. Fentanyl mixed with cocaine and heroin caused many fatal overdose cases in the US. Much of this fentanyl is coming into the country illegally from China. About 80% of the pure fentanyl seized by US authorities last year came from China. And many times it arrived in the mail. That’s right; dealers in China mail this drug to the purchaser in the United States.

Fentanyl is much more profitable than heroin for dealers. It is so strong that traffickers and dealers can cut a kilo into more single sales than heroin. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid so a person is never sure what dosage they are taking.

Afghanistan leads the world in the production of opium and heroin. However, a small portion contributes to the street drugs in the US. Although opioids are killing our citizens in the US at alarming rates, Afghanistan is not responsible for our addiction or death tolls from heroin.

Overdose Deaths in the United States

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “In 2016, the drugs most frequently mentioned in unintentional drug overdose deaths were fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine,”  This statement is in the National Vital Statistics Reports, Volume 67. The drug overdose death rate is steadily climbing in the US every year. The largest portion of fatal overdoses involves fentanyl.

Dealers are cutting heroin and cocaine with fentanyl which is oftentimes unknown to the individuals purchasing the drugs. The person buying these drugs from a dealer may think they are getting straight heroin or cocaine. However, it has been cut with fentanyl without their knowledge.

Dealers are adding fentanyl to heroin and cocaine because it is much cheaper. Dealers are also selling what they claim to be OxyContin pills. In fact, these pills are in actuality, fentanyl. Same as heroin and cocaine, these drugs cause overdoses.

The dealers make a larger profit when cutting these drugs with fentanyl. Manufacturing of fentanyl takes place in labs so it is easier for the dealers to obtain than the heroin and cocaine. Drug users should think twice before buying these illegal drugs on the streets.

Seek Help for Drug Addiction

Today, more than ever, street drugs in the US are more dangerous and can be more fatal. Don’t risk your life by buying and ingesting these drugs. If you are struggling with addiction to street drugs or any type of substance, seek help from a licensed addiction treatment facility.

Behavioral Rehabilitation Services can help you select a treatment plan that will suit your individual needs and preferences. You too, can overcome addiction and regain a life of good health and productivity. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Don’t take these chances with your life.

To learn more about the different treatment programs we offer at BRS, contact one of our representatives today. They can answer any questions you may have about the many programs available at our inpatient addiction treatment facility. Make that call today!

Resources:
  • unodc.orgDrug Trafficking
  • colombiareports.comColumbia’s Drug Trade
  • usatoday.comMexican Cartels Pushing More Heroin After U.S. States Relax Marijuana Laws
  • cdc.govNational Vital Statistics Reports – Deaths:  Final Data for 2016
  • brookings.eduAfghanistan’s Opium Production is Through the Roof – Why Washington Should Not Overreact

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