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There are approximately 624,992 people that currently reside in Alaska as of 2010. Drug and alcohol abuse in is a growing problem.
Alcohol Abuse in Alaska
Out of the 624,992 people residing in Alaska, 287,496 do not consume alcohol and 168,748 report that they drink alcohol once a week or less. So, 449,994 people in Alaska do not drink at a level that would be considered unhealthy or abusive. However, 156,248 people in Alaska drink enough alcohol on a regular basis to be considered abusers of alcohol.
Getting yourself or someone you love into an alcohol treatment center is vital to recovering from alcohol abuse. There are 75,000 alcohol related deaths each year with an annual economic cost of 184 billion dollars.
Studies on the effects of alcohol advertising on adults in the state of Alaska do not show a strong connection between alcohol advertisements and alcohol consumption. However, studies on the effects of alcohol advertising consistently indicate that children in that are exposed to these types of advertisements are more likely to have a favorable attitude toward drinking alcohol and are more likely to become underage drinkers and communicate the intention to most likely drink as an adult.
Drug Abuse Statistics in
Approximately 58,749 people in Alaska abuse some type of illegal drug.
A breakdown of this percentage shows the following:
With such a large number of people in Alaska abusing drugs or alcohol, it is critical to help these individuals get into some type of drug or alcohol treatment program. Addictionca.com provides a wide range of information on all types of drug and alcohol facilities in . If you need further information, you can call and speak to one of our registered drug counselors for assistance in finding a drug and/or alcohol treatment facility. These services are provided free of charge and the call is toll-free.
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Alaska State Facts
Alaska Population: 624,992
Law Enforcement Officers in Alaska: 1,686
Alaska Prison Population: 4,400
Alaska Probation Population: 4,803
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 12
2004 Federal Drug Seizures in Alaska
Cocaine: 220.7 kgs.
Heroin: 2.0 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 0.7 kgs.
Marijuana: 3.2 kgs.
Ecstasy: 6 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 48(DEA, state, and local)
Alaska Drug Situation: Due to Alaska's close proximity to the Pacific Rim and shared border with Canada, Alaska is both a transshipment point for controlled substances to the continental United States and a consumer state. Historically, drug trends documented in the other states are eventually documented in Alaska. This includes the growing threat of methamphetamine, Ecstasy, GHB and other "Predatory Drugs." Alaska has the highest per capita incident of alcoholism, rape, and suicide in the United States, partially attributable to the uses and abuse of controlled substances..
Cocaine in Alaska: There are many different cocaine trafficking organizations in Alaska. Some of the largest ones are predominantly Mexican and Dominican groups, however Eastern Europeans are also involved. East coast Albanian organized crime groups have recently begun to distribute cocaine into Alaska. Most cocaine appears to come into Alaska from the West Coast of the U.S. One cocaine smuggling organization in Alaska offered to sell one kilogram of cocaine for as high as $39,000. Cocaine and other drugs are distributed throughout the State mainly from Anchorage and Fairbanks, all the way to remote fishing villages and northern rural areas of Alaska.
Heroin in Alaska: Evidence of heroin in Alaska has declined due to much of the user population now illegally acquiring and using OxyContin. Opium continues to be transshipped through Alaska from the Far East/Pacific Rim countries.
Methamphetamine in Alaska: Alaska is experiencing an increase in the availability of crystal methamphetamine. Small toxic meth labs continue to be found throughout the state of Alaska. The pseudoephedrine reduction method is the most common method for manufacturing methamphetamine in Alaska. Methamphetamine availability seems to be increasing, both from local meth labs and from methamphetamine mailed or shipped into the state by various methods, mostly from the Western U.S. Intelligence indicates that methamphetamine distribution and addiction are in the rise in Alaska.
Predatory Drugs in Alaska: There is recent evidence that large quantities of GHB are being transshipped through Alaska from Thailand to various "lower 48" states. MDMA (methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine ), also known as Ecstasy, is a growing threat throughout Alaska. Prior to 1999, there were no reports or direct evidence of large quantities of MDMA in any form throughout Alaska however, in the recent years, MDMA seizures have increased significantly throughout the state. Raves continue to occur in Alaska, where the accompanying use of Predatory Drugs are most often found at these events. During late 2003 a female died in Anchorage, AK from an overdose of GHB. LSD remains available in Alaska, mostly in the college/university areas.
Marijuana in Alaska: Marijuana is the most prevalent and abused illegal drug in Alaska. It is very difficult for local law enforcement to estimate the extent of marijuana abuse in Alaska because less than 5% of the marijuana grown in Alaska is grown outdoors. This makes detection much more difficult. Recently, BC Bud marijuana from British Columbia, Canada has begun to make its way to Alaska along the Transcontinental Highway.
Other Drugs in Alaska: The diversion of various controlled substances regulated by prescription is growing in Alaska. Alaska is one of the top five purchasing states for five of the top twelve diverted pharmaceutical drugs, which include Fentanyl, D-Amphetamine, Oxycodone, Methadone and Meperidine. Benzodiazepine's such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan are also widely abused. Internet purchases of controlled pharmaceutical drugs are on the rise in Alaska.
DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams: This cooperative program with state and local law enforcement counterparts was conceived in 1995 in response to the overwhelming problem of drug-related violent crime in towns and cities across the nation. There have been 409 deployments completed resulting in 16,763 arrests of violent drug criminals as of February 2004. There have been no Mobile Enforcement Team deployments in the State of Alaska.
DEA Regional Enforcement Teams: This program was designed to augment existing DEA division resources by targeting drug organizations operating in the United States where there is a lack of sufficient local drug law enforcement. This Program was conceived in 1999 in response to the threat posed by drug trafficking organizations that have established networks of cells to conduct drug trafficking operations in smaller, non-traditional trafficking locations in the United States. Nationwide, there have been 22 deployments completed resulting in 608 arrests of drug trafficking criminals as of February 2004. There have been no Regional Enforcement Team deployments in the State of Alaska.
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