In the District of Columbia or more commonly known as Washington D.C., the state of addiction to illicit drugs and alcohol is indeed extensive. Our nation's capital has been in trouble with addiction problems for a very long time. In the past few years, there have been a number of reports including the federal drug seizures which documented the capture of many illicit drugs in the District of Columbia.
In 2008 alone 9.6kg of cocaine, 0.9 kgs of heroin, 0.6 kgs of methamphetamine, and 6.4kgs of marijuana have been seized by District of Colombia officials. Because of the major drug trafficking in the District of Columbia the violence associated with it calls for concern. The buying and selling of illicit drugs goes unnoticed many times because the street gangs that sell them do so in open–air markets and on street corners. Open-air markets are a public market-place where food and merchandise can be purchased.
When illicit/illegal drugs are involved, these markets represent the lowest level of the drug distribution network. The District of Columbia has a huge international population which helps the ethnic drug trafficking groups to sell their drugs without many problems. They obtain their supply of drugs from all over the world and have a steady stream of customers to sell them to. Most of the illicit drugs sold in the district of Colombia are purchased at open-air markets.
The drugs that are most often abused in the District of Columbia are crack and cocaine. These drugs can be obtained very easily and have a high street value. These drugs are easily sold in open-air markets along the travelling routs of commuters and in low income public housing projects because these drugs are being sold every day in large amounts and very inexpensively. Because of this, the dealers even have many customers that come from out of state like Maryland and Virginia. Most of the cocaine available in the District of Columbia comes from Mexico. Other states such as New York, California, Atlanta, Texas and Georgia use the Mexican supply sources as well.
Heroin comes in at third place in popularity amongst drug abusers in the District of Columbia. Heroin use is much more popular in Baltimore than in the District of Columbia. But because the open-air market in the District of Columbia sells quality, high purity heroin many of these suburban abusers will travel there to purchase their drugs. Most of the heroin found in the District of Colombia is from South American and Southwest Asian origin.
No matter what the age, ethnicity, or socio-economic level of the abuser, marijuana is the #1 most popularly abused drug in all of D.C. There a vast amount of high quality marijuana being sold there every day and marijuana is also sold in any amount an abuser will need. Whether it be a small "nickel " bag to a pound or a hundred pounds of marijuana, it all can be found easily in the open- air markets alongside the distribution of heroin and crack/cocaine.
The uses of club drugs in the District of Columbia have been popular for more than a decade. These drugs include ecstasy; ketamine, GHB and crystal meth. These are all forms of drugs that contain a hallucinogenic property. Although methamphetamine use is considered to be quite limited in the District of Columbia it can be found in nightclubs and are primarily abused by the city's gay population. Most of the methamphetamine found in the D.C. area comes from California. PCP in the District of Columbia can be easily found. PCP is nowhere near as available or as popular as cocaine, crack or heroin. But D.C. police reports show there has been quite an increase in abuse of this drug since 2008.
Fortunately, the District of Columbia has treatment for drug addiction and alcohol abuse in the form or rehabilitation centers across the state. At rehab a resident of the District of Columbia will be taught the tools they need to get sober and maintain a sober lifestyle. This begins with detox treatment for the addicted patient. Addiction requires a medically supervised detox for safe withdrawal and addiction abuse treatment.
A quality, medically-supervised detox facility at an inpatient rehabilitation center in the D.C. area can help manage any physical and psychological side effects of withdrawal. After the detoxification process the addict should enter a residential rehab facility. A variety of therapies will provide the addict with the necessary tools to help avoid a relapse such as behavioral health therapy. This will include psychological therapy and counseling to help a patient express their feelings about their addiction. All of these tools are necessary for a resident of the District of Columbia who is willing to commit to becoming drug free for life.