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There are approximately 5,296,486 people that currently reside in Maryland as of 2010. Drug and alcohol abuse in is a growing problem.

Alcohol Abuse in Maryland

Out of the 5,296,486 people residing in Maryland, 2,436,384 do not consume alcohol and 1,430,051 report that they drink alcohol once a week or less. So, 3,813,470 people in Maryland do not drink at a level that would be considered unhealthy or abusive. However, 1,324,122 people in Maryland 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 Maryland 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 497,870 people in Maryland abuse some type of illegal drug.

A breakdown of this percentage shows the following:

  • 88,621 people abuse alcohol and another drug in Maryland
  • 80,157 people abuse marijuana in Maryland
  • 68,208 people are addicted to or abuse Heroin in Maryland
  • 49,289 people smoke cocaine (crack) in Maryland
  • 43,315 people use stimulants in Maryland
  • 20,911 people use or abuse Opiates (not heroin), in Maryland
  • 19,915 people use cocaine (e.g., cocaine powder, not crack cocaine) in Maryland
  • 1,991 people in Maryland abuse tranquilizers
  • 1,046 people use or abuse PCP in Maryland
  • 996 people in Maryland are addicted to or abusing sedatives
  • 548 people use hallucinogens such as lsd or ecstasy in Maryland
  • 498 people in Maryland abuse Inhalants
  • 2,489 people use some other type of illegal drug in the state of Maryland

With such a large number of people in Maryland 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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Maryland State Facts
Maryland Population: 5,296,486
Law Enforcement Officers in Maryland: 16,495
Maryland Prison Population: 36,100
Maryland Probation Population: 80,708
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 2

2004 Federal Drug Seizures in Maryland
Cocaine: 111.2 kgs.
Heroin: 10.7 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 0.0 kgs.
Marijuana: 106.4 kgs.
Ecstasy: 69 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 1 (DEA, state, and local)

Maryland Drug Situation: Maryland is situated on the north end of the mid-Atlantic region and bisected by Interstate-95. Drugs, weapons and illicit proceeds destined for points south of New York City routinely transit the state through Baltimore. Maryland's drug situation is complicated by the presence of two major metropolitan areas in the state: Baltimore and its surrounding counties in the northern part of the state, and the suburban counties of Washington, DC in southern Maryland. In addition, Maryland's major seaport in Baltimore contributes to a substantial amount of international drug traffic coming into the state. Baltimore is deeply affected by the heroin trade, having carried the dubious distinction as one of the most heroin-plagued cities in the nation for over a decade.

Cocaine in Maryland: Cocaine and crack abuse and distribution pose a significant threat throughout the state of Maryland, particularly in cities situated near Washington, DC. Law enforcement sources in cities and towns located along the Eastern Shore and in western Maryland also cite crack cocaine as the primary drug threat in their areas. Violence continues to accompany the cocaine trade in the state. Wholesale levels of cocaine are readily available via suppliers in New York City and the southwestern U.S.

Heroin in Maryland: Heroin is abused throughout Maryland but is most problematic in and around the city of Baltimore. Baltimore is home to higher numbers of heroin addicts and heroin-related crime than almost any other city in the nation, and those problems tend to spill over into adjoining counties where many heroin distributors maintain residences. The enormous demand for heroin in the Baltimore metropolitan area led to an increase in the drug's abuse among teens and young adults, who routinely drive into the city to obtain heroin for themselves and other local abusers. In the Baltimore metropolitan area, heroin is sold almost exclusively by street name and packaged in gelatin capsules. Highly pure heroin - "raw" - marketed toward suburban users is sometimes packaged in vials (much like crack cocaine).

Methamphetamine in Maryland: Methamphetamine is not in high demand nor is it widely available in the state of Maryland. Although clandestine methamphetamine laboratories have been seized in the state in the past few years - one of which was large enough to receive classification by EPIC as a "super-lab" - the problem overall is minimal. Drug users in western Maryland, near West Virginia, and young adults involved in the cities' rave scenes are the primary audiences for methamphetamine.

Club Drugs in Maryland: Baltimore, Maryland maintains a thriving rave and nightclub scene in which club drugs, usually MDMA, are abused. Club drugs such as Ketamine, GHB and others do not carry the same demand nor availability as MDMA. Notable, however, are recent statements by law enforcement sources that MDMA has become a drug of choice among young, inner-city drug dealers in Baltimore and among young, primarily blue-collar individuals in the western part of the state. A MDMA laboratory was recently seized in the city of Baltimore.

Marijuana in Maryland: The most widely-abused drug in Maryland, marijuana remains easily available in every part of the state. Low levels of marijuana cultivation occur in the state, primarily in western Maryland and along the Eastern Shore, where private farmland and public parkland are conducive to growers' concerns for anonymity.

OxyContin and Other Prescription Drug Diversion in Maryland: Until recently, Maryland experienced high levels of pharmaceutical diversion primarily in association with Baltimore's open-air drug markets. OxyContin, however, has become the drug of choice among pharmaceutical drug abusers. Maryland - particularly the city of Baltimore - is becoming a source area for OxyContin abusers in Virginia and West Virginia, likely due to the enormous scrutiny the drug is under in those two states.

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 four MET deployments in the State of Maryland since the inception of the program: Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Annapolis (2).

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 has been one RET deployment in the State of Maryland since the inception of the program, in Baltimore.

DEA Special Topics: The Washington/Baltimore HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) supports and assists in the funding of a multi-agency enforcement task force and an Intelligence group in Washington, DC. In addition, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department has its own Major Narcotics Branch, and other drug and violent crime-related enforcement operations in place.

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