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There are approximately 6,349,048 people that currently reside in Massachusetts as of 2010. Drug and alcohol abuse in is a growing problem.
Alcohol Abuse in Massachusetts
Out of the 6,349,048 people residing in Massachusetts, 2,920,562 do not consume alcohol and 1,714,243 report that they drink alcohol once a week or less. So, 4,571,315 people in Massachusetts do not drink at a level that would be considered unhealthy or abusive. However, 1,587,262 people in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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 596,811 people in Massachusetts abuse some type of illegal drug.
A breakdown of this percentage shows the following:
With such a large number of people in Massachusetts 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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Massachusetts State Facts
Massachusetts Population: 6,349,048
Law Enforcement Officers in Massachusetts: 19,350
Massachusetts Prison Population: 23,200
Massachusetts Probation Population: 44,119
Violent Crime Rate National Ranking: 18
2004 Federal Drug Seizures in Massachusetts
Cocaine: 46.9 kgs.
Heroin: 6.8 kgs.
Methamphetamine: 0.7 kgs.
Marijuana: 84.7 kgs.
Ecstasy: 4 tablets
Methamphetamine Laboratories: 1 (DEA, state, and local)
Massachusetts Drug Situation: Cocaine and Heroin continue to be the primary drugs of abuse in the state of Massachusetts as Colombian and Dominican traffickers dominate the distribution throughout the state. OxyContin continues to be an extremely popular heroin substitute as well as its use in conjunction with MDMA.
Cocaine in Massachusetts: Cocaine is readily available from the gram to kilogram quantities throughout the state. New York is the primary source area, with other source areas to include Florida and the Southwest Border. Cocaine is transported in multi-kilogram quantities via commercial transit, tractor trailers, and vehicles equipped with hidden compartments. It is also imported via mail services. Importers are of Colombian and Dominican origin, with retail distribution among all ethnic groups. Cocaine prices continue to be stable, with slight decreases in purity levels noted. Crack Cocaine is obtained from New York, Florida, Puerto Rico and is converted locally as well. African -American violators and street gang members continue to dominate the drugs’ distribution. Abuse remains widespread and crack continues to be reported as the drug of choice within Boston city limits.
Heroin in Massachusetts: High-quality heroin is available from gram to kilogram quantities throughout the state. Historically, New York has been the primary source area, entering by interstate highway via public and privately operated vehicles equipped with hidden compartments. More recently, in the past few years, there has been an increase in heroin seizures where the heroin came directly from a source country. The primary suppliers are of Colombian and Dominican origin, with retail distribution among all ethnic groups. Heroin distribution and use occurs throughout the state and prices remain extremely low at both the wholesale and retail level. Abuse is widespread, with continued reports of heroin overdose deaths and incidences attributed to heroin purity levels routinely exceeding 60%.
Methamphetamine in Massachusetts: Methamphetamine has a limited availability in Massachusetts, transported into the area via express mail packages from California. Recent seizures reflect the availability of crystal methamphetamine. Methamphetamine is reportedly abused at “rave” parties by young adults between the ages of 18 to 25; however, individuals in their late 30s to early 40s also abuse it.
Club Drugs in Massachusetts: In the state of Massachusetts, MDMA and ketamine are readily available. MDMA is found at rave parties, legitimate nightclubs, and on college campuses across the state. The majority of the MDMA seen in the state originated from couriers traveling by commercial airlines or express mail deliveries from sources in Western Europe and New York. A number of seizures have involved MDMA originating from Canada. Ketamine has been diverted from legitimate sources such as veterinary clinics and abused at legitimate nightclubs across the state, particularly in the greater Boston area. Ketamine seems to be one of several drugs, along with MDMA and GHB that are popular in the “rave” scene. GHB is widely available, particularly in Western Massachusetts.
Marijuana in Massachusetts: Marijuana remains readily available in all areas of the state with the majority of product originating in Mexico or the Southwestern United States; however, marijuana of both Colombian and Jamaican origin has been encountered. Personal use quantities of hashish continue to arrive in Boston, MA on flights from the Netherlands and other source countries. The majority of the marijuana is predominantly imported from the southwest border via aircraft, land vehicles, and delivery services. Domestically grown marijuana is found in all areas of Massachusetts, from the extreme western part of the state all the way out to Nantucket Island.
Other Drugs in Massachusetts: Oxycodone products continue to be diverted in the state. Percocet, Roxicet and OxyContin are readily available in Massachusetts. Oxycontin, diverted from legitimate distributors, is frequently imported into Massachusetts from Mexico. Traffickers are also diverting OxyContin express mail shipments into the greater Boston area. Well-organized doctor shopping rings forged and/or altered prescriptions and diversion from individuals’ prescriptions are the most commonly found diversion methods in the state. An increasing number of pharmacy burglaries and armed robberies have been attributed to the increase in OxyContin abuse.
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 16 MET deployments in the State of Massachusetts since the inception of the program: Lynn, Revere, Webster, Springfield, Lawrence, Everett, Fitchburg, Southbridge, Greenfield, Holyoke, Framingham, Worcester (2), Boston (2), and Provincetown.
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 RET deployments in the State of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Drug Courts/Treatment Centers: Based on information from the 2000 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, there are 356 substance abuse treatment centers in Massachusetts. There are twenty drug courts across the state.
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