Each state has its own battles with drug abuse, and that’s a fact
that law enforcement and concerned citizens cannot escape. We looked to
the most recent data available to see what the drug trends were here in
Texas. Here are the key findings from the report,
“Substance Abuse Trends in Texas: June 2013.”
According to the report’s summary, “There was a strong and
growing ‘love affair’ and increasing use of amphetamine type
substances (ATS) drugs, bases on numbers of calls to poison control centers
and forensic laboratory data.” The report outlined drug abuse in
Texas between 1987 and May of 2013.
Here are the trends on the 6 most commonly abused drugs between 1987 and
1.Marijuana/synthetic cannabinoids: Since Mexican cannabis was poor quality due to a drought, the supply was
low. In effect, indoor and hydroponic grows in Texas yielded large amounts
of “high quality”
cannabis. Meanwhile, synthetic cannabis continued to increase throughout the region.
2.Cocaine: Cocaine supply was actually down. Some street users said that cocaine was
so expensive, it just wasn’t worth the cost.
3.Heroin: The demand for heroin increased. Most heroin users were young, and the
average age of a person dying with heroin in their system went from 40
down to 36-years of age.
4.Other types of opiates: The demand for opiates, including methadone rose. The two groups who abused
prescription narcotics the most were: 1) teens and young adults who sought
the euphoric effect, and 2) Baby Boomers who were looking to relieve pain.
5.MDMA: The demand was strong for these amphetamine-type substances and growing.
6.Methamphetamine: The supply was increasing, while the prices were dropping. Additionally,
there are records of large seizures in the state.
Are you facing
drug-related charges in Plano or Dallas? If so, we urge you to contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm,
PLLC to schedule a consultation with a hard-hitting
drug possession and
sales attorney. We practice state and
federal defense and are ready to serve you!