According to the
California Department of Justice Bureau of Investigation, “Drug trends are constantly changing” and they are influenced
by a number of factors, such as the laws, social media, socio-economics,
the area where a person lives, and attitudes toward drug use. So, to look
at the substance abuse trends here in Texas, we turned to 2016 data published by the
University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.
The most commonly abused drugs in Texas include:
Benzodiazepine: This is also known as Alprazolam, Xanax, Rohypnol, Dalmane, Ativan, Librium,
Librax, and Intensol – this drug is a sedative that can cause paranoid
or suicidal thoughts. While the use has remained relatively stable, there
have been more deaths associated with the drug.
Cocaine: This drug was seeing a downward trend, but that’s been changing.
It’s readily available, but cartel wars as made the source unstable.
Marijuana: It’s been harder to get
cannabis from Mexico, so there has been an increase in home-grown and hydroponic
methods, specifically from Colorado.
Methamphetamine: Since the pseudoephedrine ban in 2007-2008, we’ve had an even-bigger
meth problem. According to the DEA El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC),
meth seizures increased by 37% between 2013 and 2015. Meth is ranked the
#1 threat in Dallas and #2 in Houston.
Heroin: The DEA reports that Mexico is increasing its opium production to meet
the increasingly high levels of demand in the United States.
Synthetic marijuana deserves special mention here. According to data from
the University of Texas, synthetic marijuana products “are known
and sold under a wide variety of names, such as ‘K2,’ ‘K2
Summit,’ ‘Spice,’ and ‘Spice Gold.’ They
had been available through gas stations and ‘head shops,’
but since they have been more tightly controlled, the most common source
is now street dealers.”
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