The need for increased drug and alcohol rehab efforts in Massachusetts is more urgent now than it ever was. Home to one of the northeast’s several major cities, Massachusetts has left itself open to widespread illicit drug culture and distribution via its public transportation system and highways. Many domestic organizations have also used the state’s waterways to move their product. Controlled mainly by Dominican and Colombian factions, the Massachusetts illegal drug trade has led to a need and corresponding increase in the number of drug and alcohol rehab centers. The combination of old and new threats has created a crisis atmosphere which has bred violence and criminal activity, can be met only with an approach of treatment as well as enforcement—this starts with building more drug and alcohol rehab centers.
The ever-increasing illegal drug threats facing Massachusetts mandate the heightened and accelerated development of drug rehab facilities. Besides the general statewide health risk these drugs pose, they are also the primary contributor in community deterioration and the proliferation of crimes like prostitution, assault and murder. Focusing largely on enforcement and incarceration in the past, the state has recently started to adopt a more proactive approach to treatment and rehabilitation—a proven way to successfully address the problem as a whole.
Home to some the most famous bars and pubs, Massachusetts has more drinking spots per square mile than many other cities. Combine this with the economically diverse population and the state’s numerous colleges and you can see where the need for alcohol rehab comes into play. A place where many don’t consider a drinking a problem a “problem”, but more of a lifestyle, the alcoholic population in Massachusetts rises each year and ranges from middle-class industrial workers to affluent high-rise professionals to college students. Alcoholism needs to be combated on a clinical and administrative level and with the construction of more rehab centers.
Before Massachusetts patients can expect to enter rehabilitation, they must first undergo a full and thorough detoxification. Luckily there are many detox facilities for a patient to start their journey toward recovery. These facilities are staffed with compassionate and expert professionals who will stringently monitor your progress and manage your withdrawal pains. Be sure to do adequate research when selecting a detox program. A hasty or lazy decision of a low-quality program can cause you unnecessary pain and illness, and permanently sour you on the prospect of rehab.
In addition to the historic illicit drugs that have plagued Massachusetts for decades, such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, pharmaceutical and club drugs have also started to saturate the state’s market via a number of foreign and domestic entities. The most commonly abused drugs in the state have consistently been cocaine and heroin, accounting for the lion-share of admissions to drug and alcohol rehab facilities. Massachusetts has also seen an alarming rise in pharmacy theft due to the increased illegal and recreation demand for Xanax and Oxycontin.
Smuggled in from outside sources ranging from Mexico to southwest United States to the Netherlands, marijuana abuse and distribution continue to be big business in Masachusetts. Marijuana's primary means of entry into the state is via aircraft, while it is moved within state borders by ground transportation. The marijuana trade in Massachusetts is controlled almost entirely by Mexico, however Colombian and Jamaican product has been spotted more and more in recent years. Canada is also a known supplier of high-quality product. To compound the problem, domestic production is alive and well throughout all parts of the state, particularly its rural and coastal areas, though it’s been heavily regulated through recent years. Massachusetts has long been a proponent of legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
The most serious and common problem in the state’s illegal drug war, the rate of cocaine addiction continues to rise, and claim the lives of thousands each year. Funneled into the state primarily through New York, most of the state’s cocaine supply originates in Mexico and makes its way to the state via ground transportation and even the United States Postal Service. Upon arrival, the lion-share of the powdered product is converted to crack and divided among the states controlling gangs and DTOs. Cocaine culture and distribution has laid waste to many of Massachusetts' once-charming communities, and have rendered them wastelands of addiction and crime.
Though not as prodigious a problem as cocaine, heroin addiction continues to be a dominating factor in the state’s illicit drug dilemma. Factions from Colombia and the Dominican Republic control a majority of heroin operations, receiving the product mainly from New York via ground transportation. Once safely within the state’s borders, the pure product is cut, repackaged and sold by various violent street gangs of ranging cultural identities. The number of heroin addiction cases has remained consistent, and has led to tragically high number of overdose fatalities in the state.
Domestic production and foreign infiltration make methamphetamine a double threat to the people of Massachusetts. Although thankfully not as large a problem as it is for surrounding areas, methamphetamine abuse is poised to become a menace, specifically to young adults and adolescents. The drug has been spotted in bars and nightclubs along with other dangerous party drugs, and can push abusers into addiction before they even realize what is happening. The number of methamphetamine-related admissions to local drug rehabs is slowly rising, mandating a closer watch and stricter monitoring of the situation.
While the drug of choice for most prescription abusers continues to be OxyContin, other drugs such as Percocet, Roxicet, Xanax, Vicodin and Percodan are rapidly establishing themselves as dominant threats. Prescription drug abuse has led to a frightening trend in pharmacy theft, and is often perpetuated through the practices of crooked or irresponsible physicians. Teenagers and adolescents are also at risk for prescription drug addiction, as many of them succumb to their curiosity and steal their parents’ supply. Another common cause of this tragic pathology of behavior is simple overuse of a legitimate prescription. Prescription drugs are made available for recreational use via the Internet and well-organized network of underground distributors, and affect everyone from the struggling and afflicted athlete to the exhausted and overworked businessman to ignorant and reckless teenager.
Referring to the abuse of molly, GHB and LSD, club drug abuse has exploded over the past decade. Though largely confined to the dance and party scenes of the state’s metropolitan areas, club drugs have also gained staggering popularity in Massachusetts colleges and universities. Primary abusers and distributors tend to be middle to upper-class young people who attend raves and frequent nightclubs. Club drugs are posing a larger threat to Massachusetts suburbs than ever before, forcing an increase of the number of club drug rehab programs in a broader range of areas. Club drugs arrive to the state predominantly through New York connections, and are available in abundance throughout the state.
Despite law enforcement’s efforts, new and emerging threats have worked in concert with old enemies to perpetuate the need for enhanced drug and alcohol rehab. Cocaine continues to tear apart neighborhoods and breed other legal problems, while club drugs and methamphetamine eye the state’s youth on a regular basis. Information, enforcement and treatment are the best weapons with which citizens can arm themselves. It is only through a binary approach of education and treatment can we seriously expect to face down this problem and defeat it once and for all.