Missouri suffers from a rapidly increasing rate of drug abuse. Cocaine in both powder and crack form have been the predominant drug threats. However, recent reports of a shortage of cocaine have led to the distribution and production of more heroin and methamphetamine. During 2007 there were more than 30,000 arrests for the possession of drugs, and Missouri law enforcement made 343 arrests for driving while intoxicated by drugs. According to data from the 2005-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health 130,000 citizens of Missouri reported illicit drug dependence or abuse within the past year, approximately 81,000 reported past year illicit drug dependence, as well as approximately 118,000 Missouri citizens reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.. During 2005, there were 41,735 drug related hospitalizations and 674 drug related deaths in Missouri.
Cocaine Continues to Destroy Lives in Missouri
Although reports indicate shortages of cocaine, this drug remains readily available throughout the metropolitan areas. During 2005 there were 115 newborns affected by cocaine in Missouri. Additional information shows Federal Agencies in Missouri seized a total of 262.8 kilograms of cocaine in 2007.
Heroin Abuse is Increasing Among the Youth
Heroin is increasing in availability and use, especially among the younger population of Missouri. During 2007 there were 30 kilograms and 970 dosage units of heroin seized, in addition heroin accounted for 2,000 admissions to drug rehab programs.
Meth Abuse Poses a Huge Threat Throughout Missouri
Methamphetamine abuse and availability continues to be a significant problem in Missouri. During 2007 there were 1,285 methamphetamine laboratory incidents reported, and 2 children injured with an additional 87 children affected as a result of methamphetamine laboratories in Missouri. Additional information indicates that 43% of all Federal drug offenses during 2006 involved methamphetamine.
Primary Consumers of Ecstasy in Missouri are the Youth
Club drugs are very popular throughout Missouri with the younger population being the primary consumers. Ecstasy and GHB are available in all areas of the state. Typically these drugs are widely available throughout all major cities, universities and night clubs. There was a reported 9,589 dosage units of ecstasy seized during 2007.
Missouri Treatment Admissions for Marijuana Abuse Increase Yearly
Marijuana continues to be readily available in Missouri. Treatment admissions for marijuana have been consistently increasing by at least 1,000 admissions per year, accounting for almost 30% of admissions in 2006. More than 1,500 kilograms of marijuana were seized by Federal agencies in Missouri during 2007.