Nevada suffers from multiple drug problems throughout the state. Cocaine as well as heroin poses major threats to the community. In recent years there has been a rapid increase in the abuse of methamphetamine, primarily crystal meth. Club drugs like ecstasy, GHB and LSD remain readily available and frequently used in nightclubs, adult entertainment clubs and raves. Drug only admissions accounted for over 35% of treatment admissions during 2006, according to the Treatment Episode Data Set. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates approximately 54,000 Nevada citizens reported past year drug dependence or abuse, and 37,000 reported past year drug dependence. Additional information from the 2005-2006 NSDUH states that approximately 188,000 Nevada citizens reported past month use of illicit drug use, and 48,000 citizens in Nevada reported needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the last year.
Cocaine Accounts for Nearly 10% of Nevada Rehab Admissions
Cocaine is readily available in Nevada especially in southern areas of the state. Crack cocaine is also popular throughout the state but primarily in the urban areas. The majority of cocaine present in Nevada is transported form California. The distribution and production of crack is controlled by African American gangs throughout the larger cities of Nevada. During 2006 cocaine accounted for more than 8% of drug rehab program admissions in Nevada.
Consumer quantities of heroin remain readily available. Throughout the state Mexican drug trafficking organizations control the majority of the heroin distribution.
Meth Abusers Continue to Fill Nevada Rehabs and Prisons
In both consumer and distribution quantities, methamphetamine remains overwhelmingly available. Nevada serves as a major transshipment point for methamphetamine destined for other areas of the U.S. Mexican drug trafficking organizations based in California and Mexico dominate the production and distribution of methamphetamine. During 2007, Nevada authorities reported 13 methamphetamine incidents, and 75% of Federal drug offenses involved methamphetamine.
Ecstasy & Other Club Drugs
Club drugs such as ecstasy, GHB and LSD are frequently trafficked and abused in nightclubs throughout Nevada. Large quantities of ecstasy arrive in Nevada to be transshipped to other areas of the U.S. Asian drug trafficking organizations with sources in California and San Francisco control the majority of distribution.
Marijuana Abuse & Availability
Marijuana remains readily available in Nevada, with the majority of marijuana originating in Mexico. Reports indicate that indoor marijuana cultivation has increased in rent years, adding to the availability throughout Nevada. During 2006 there were 1,836 marijuana plant eradicated in Nevada.