New York serves as one of the most prominent distribution centers in the entire U.S. Drugs such as heroin, cocaine, crack and ecstasy have the largest negative impact on New York. Within the state there have been reports of the increased availability of methamphetamine, primarily “ice” or crystal meth. During 2007, there were 43,844 felony drug violation arrests in New York. According to the 2005-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health approximately 501,000 New York citizens reported past year drug dependence or abuse, approximately 354,000 reported past year drug dependence and approximately 433,000 citizens in New York reported needing but nor receiving treatment for illicit drug use within the past year.
Cocaine Fills Both the Prisons & Rehabs in New York
Cocaine as well as crack is widely available throughout New York, and these drug are directly associated with violence and crime. Crack and cocaine combined accounted for more than 50% of the Federal drug offenses in 2007.
Residents of NY are Experiencing an Increase in Heroin
The availability of heroin in New York is increasing, especially in areas of upstate New York. The majority of the heroin is transported by Colombian and Dominican drug trafficking organizations. Heroin accounted for more than 50,000 treatment admissions during 2007.
The trafficking and abuse of Methamphetamine is not recognized as a serious problem in New York. However, the drug remains available especially in crystal form, and the majority of the meth originates in Mexico and California, produced by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. During 2007, there were 11 meth lab incidents and seizures in New York. compared to 36 lab seizure the year before.
Ecstasy & Other Club Drugs Pose Significant Threats Throughout NY
Club drugs, especially ecstasy remain widely available throughout New York, with the primary sources of production in Canada, Netherlands and Belgium. Other club drugs such as GHB and ketamine are available to a lesser extent in New York. During 2007, there were more than 150,000 dosage units of ecstasy seized by Federal agencies in New York.
Marijuana is widely available throughout all areas of New York. The majority of which is transported from Mexico to Southwestern U.S. destined for other areas of the U.S. During 2007 there were a total of 9,444 marijuana plants eradicated in New York.
New York Drug Rehabs Experience High Admissions Due to Widespread Abuse
Additional information from the 2005-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that approximately 1.5 million citizens of New York reported past month use of an illicit drug.