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Data shows that those 26 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – drug detox and rehab in Oklahoma. If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 405-588-4642. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.
What you should know
The principal drug of concern in Oklahoma is meth. Oklahoma also serves as a transshipment point for drugs being transported along interstate highways to the eastern U. S..
Compared to other states
Illicit drugs overall – moderately high for those 26 and older, average for those 18-25
Pharmaceuticals – among the highest for those 18 and older
Alcohol – average for those 18 and older
Marijuana – average for those 26 and older, low for those 18-25
Cocaine – moderately low for those 18-25, low for those 26 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
Hydrocodone products most abused. But oxycodone products, alprazolam, phentermine and methadone are also abused. Sources are indiscriminate prescribing by physicians, unscrupulous pharmacists, fraudulent prescriptions, “doctor shopping,” pharmacy break-ins and hospital thefts.
Main drug of abuse. Mexican sensimilla is the most common type, especially in urban areas. Most of the marijuana in use is transported from the Southwest Border by vehicle and occasionally by freight. Marijuana is usually brought in with other illegal drugs on their way to Oklahoma and states north and east. Locally produced marijuana has decreased.
Principal drug of concern, especially ice. The meth in Oklahoma is produced in Mexico. the Southwest and, to a much lesser extent, locally. Hispanic organizations traffic most of the meth via motor vehicles, the airlines and mail services. Caucasian males and females are equally the primary users.
Crack a significant problem in urban areas. Local suppliers who travel to large cities in Texas bring in most of the cocaine. To a lesser extent, Mexican poly-drug traffickers dealing in marijuana and meth transport cocaine.
A moderate problem.
Limited. Black tar is available in small quantities near cities, but demand has increased. The majority of heroin comes from Mexico via passenger vehicles.
Escalating. Most of the MDMA (Ecstasy) comes from the West Coast, Nevada and Texas. MDMA is seen at rave parties in eastern and central Oklahoma.
Percentage of Oklahoma population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||8.30|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||8.16|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||5.08|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||4.46|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||1.91|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||6.65|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||43.59|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||45.74|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||22.60|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||44.09|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||1.88|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.49|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||7.20|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||8.54|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||2.26|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||6.80|
|Serious psychological distress||14.04|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||9.12|
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.