The main drug threats in the state of Michigan are cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and MDMA (Ecstasy). Cocaine is converted into crack cocaine for distribution on the streets or resold. Mexican Brown heroin and Mexican black tar heroin is available as well as South American heroin throughout Michigan. The importation of Canadian marijuana, or as referred to as B.C. Bud, along with MDMA by Asian organized crime groups at Michigan’s Northern Border ports of entry, is happening more often. Detroit, Port Huron, and Sault Ste. Marie are quickly becoming trans-shipment areas to the rest of the United States. Cocaine is smuggled north into Canada at these same ports of entry.
There are high levels within the state of Michigan of Cocaine and crack cocaine trafficking. Crack distribution groups operate in the major cities of Michigan and are run by Mexican drug trafficking organizations that have direct links to Colombian cartels.
Is a powerful addictive stimulant. This drug can be snorted or dissolved in water then injected. Crack is the street name given to a form of cocaine that has been processed to make a rock crystal, when heated, produces vapors that are smoked.
Is an opiate drug that is derived from morphine, a substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant.
Heroin is widely available throughout the Detroit metropolitan area and the more densely populated areas of Michigan. Major heroin trafficking organizations in Michigan are inner-city and Hispanic, although, Nigerian drug trafficking organizations continue to transport significant amounts of heroin into Michigan.
The northern border in Detroit serves as a trans-shipment point for huge quantities of predatory club drugs such as MDMA: This is a synthetic psychoactive drug that is chemically similar to methamphetamine and mescaline which is a hallucinogen. MDMA ( ectasy) creates feelings of increased energy, euphoria, emotional warmth, and distorts time and perception.
It is in a class called narcotic pain relievers that is similar to morphine. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain. This drug has become one of the most abused prescription drugs. The street names are Kicker, OC, Oxy, OX, Blue, Oxycotton, and Hillybilly Heroin.
OxyContin is increasing in demand throughout the state. Michigan is ranked number 30 for its OxyContin consumption. Michigan reported that 90 percent of the problems encountered are related to OxyContin. Abusers are getting this drug through break-ins, robberies, doctor shopping, stealing from patients that have them legitimately, forged prescriptions and home break-ins.
Abuse of Prescription drugs are increasing throughout the state, especially:
Is an orally active narcotic analgesic (pain reliever) and antitussive (cough suppressant).
Is an opioid analgesic medication synthesized from thebaine. Its name is derived from codeine. It is used for the relief of pain.
Is a synthetic (man-made) narcotic. It is used legally to treat addiction to narcotics and to relieve severe pain, often in inpiduals who have cancer or terminal illnesses.
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