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To the majority of the country, Arizona may seem like a sunny, historical place driven by intriguing factors such as green technology and budding artist colonies, but to us, we just know it as home. We are a distinct force to be reckoned with, but every community has its weaknesses. Drug addiction and alcohol abuse negatively impacts the lives of thousands within this state, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a solution. Palm Partners Recovery Center believes in stopping the abuse at the source in a qualitative fashion.

Contact us. We help hundreds overcome their chemical dependency each year. Our professional staff is happy to help by developing personalized and effective programs.

Data shows that those 18 and older need – and aren’t receiving – drug detox and rehab in Arizona. Those 18-25 face the same situation with alcohol detox and rehab. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 623-428-0190.  Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.

What you should know

Just north of the Mexican state of Sonora, a major trafficking stronghold, Arizona is a primary port of drug entry into this country. Most of the border area is inhospitable desert and steep mountain ranges, all sparsely populated and infrequently patrolled by law enforcement. As a result, Mexican trafficking organizations dominate drug importation and transshipment throughout the U.S. with poly-drug smuggling of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and precursor chemicals.

Compared to other states

  • Illicit drugs overall – moderately high for those 18 and older
  • Pharmaceuticals – among the highest for those 26 and older, moderately high for those 18-25
  • Cocaine – moderately high for those 18 and older
  • Alcohol – moderately high for those 18-25, average for those 26 and older
  • Marijuana – average for those 18 and older

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


Large amounts widely available. As many as multi-100 pounds are packaged for delivery. Seizures are routine of 100-pound quantities between the ports of entry and in abandoned loads in remote sites along the border.

In Arizona, prescriptions are legitimately written to alleviate chronic injury pain or illness.


Phoenix and Tucson – major distribution centers for the U.S. The traffic starts in Columbia, goes to Mexico, then to Arizona.


Two types available. One is imported from Mexico and shipped throughout the country. The other is produced in independently owned and operated local labs for local consumption.


Least abused of all drugs. But availability continues to rise with the greatest availability in Phoenix. Mexican black tar heroin is the predominant variety used.


Most commonly abused – benzodiazepines such as Xanax in addition to codeine, Dilaudid and methadone. But OxyContin, Vicodin and Percodan are steadily on the rise. They are obtained through forged prescriptions and prescriptions from more than one doctor (“doctor shopping”), pharmacy break-ins, the internet and smugglers from Mexico.

Club drugs

Ecstasy drug of choice for those who are college age and younger. Other commonly abused club drugs are LSD, ketamine, nitrous oxide, and GHB.


A significant threat.

Percentage of Arizona population using/abusing drugs

AGE1 18+
Past Month Illicit Drug Use2 8.96
Past Year Marijuana Use 8.98
Past Month Marijuana Use 5.24
Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2 5.46
Past Year Cocaine Use 3.26
Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use 6.24
Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3 39.56
Past Month Alcohol Use 55.98
Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4 24.42
Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3 41.86
Illicit Drug Dependence2 1.76
Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 2.73
Alcohol Dependence 3.90
Alcohol Dependence or Abuse 7.72
Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 9.45
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6 2.41
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6 7.31
Serious psychological distress 12.02
Having at least one major depressive episode7 7.61

1 Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.

2 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.

3 When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.

4 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.

5 Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

6 Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.

7 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.

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