Among other factors, the recent economic depression and general lack of employment opportunity plaguing Michigan has left the state wide open to a number of serious illegal drug threats. Heroin and cocaine are easily accessible throughout the state, while marijuana is grown domestically and smuggled over the Canadian border. Club drugs are also responsible for a significant percentage of admissions to local drug and alcohol rehab programs. The state’s ports and northern border allow for continued maritime importation of innumerable illegal drugs. Michigan’s cities and metropolitan areas, most notably Detroit, have become hotbeds of heroin addiction, while crack threatens every portion of the state’s population. Heroin and cocaine account for an overwhelming majority of in-state rehab admissions, and have created a climate of poverty, crime and urban decay. The effects of illegal drug addiction can be seen throughout Michigan’s landscape. Communities that have managed to stem the flow of illicit substances into their neighborhoods are surviving, while those stricken with addiction problems are literally crumbling. A comprehensive institutional approach to Michigan’s illegal drug problem is the only thing that can bring it back. This begins with the development of more drug and alcohol rehab centers.
The illegal drug crisis in the state has mandated that victims be afforded quality drug rehab. Many patients can’t afford to seek out-of-state treatment, and require local options that can adequately address their needs. The diverse menu of illicit substances facing Michigan has forced the state’s addiction care professionals to be thoroughly educated and trained in the management the widest possible range of addiction and abuse problems. There are a number of affordable programs that will work with lower-income patients to get them the help they need without worrying about the financial implications.
Depression is one of the leading causes of alcoholism. Michigan has consistently ranked in the top ten for states with clinically depressed populations. Though currently saddled with a 10% unemployment rate and one of the widest class-gaps in the country, Michigan has managed to retain many of its bars. This set of circumstances has led to a statewide spike in alcoholism, and the need for more local alcohol rehab programs. With a whole new generation of residents out of work and facing very few, if any, prospects, alcoholism poses a greater risk to Michigan’s youth than ever before.
A state with as many illegal drug problems as Michigan needs professionals trained in all possible withdrawal processes. The right (or wrong) detox program can make all the difference in your addiction recovery. The pains and illnesses associated with drug withdrawal are not something you should attempt to weather on your own. Patients who attempt to self or rapid detox run the risk of permanent physical damage, and even death. A stint in a quality detox program with personnel who can effectively manage the withdrawal process is the best way to begin your recovery.
In-state production coupled with Canadian and Mexican smuggling has made marijuana the most popular drug in Michigan. Abusers in the state are privy to a high-purity variety from Canada, however, the bulk of the state’s supply originates in Mexico. Marijuana abuse spans the state’s population, and is often cited by rehab patients as the bridge to more serious and life-threatening addictive behavior. Michigan’s marijuana supply is primarily controlled by Hispanic drug trafficking organizations, and is sold in fluctuating quantities for consumption throughout the state.
Michigan’s metropolitan areas have experienced a sharp increase in crack distribution and addiction over the past twenty years. Cocaine addiction has bred and sustained a culture of crime, violence and poverty in many of the state’s cities, and has been the subject of national scrutiny. Michigan’s cocaine supply originates in a number of areas, from the Southeast to the Northeast to the Midwest. The bulk of the product is converted to crack and distributed by a variety of independent dealers. The purity level, price and presence of cocaine in Michigan have remained stable, despite the efforts of law enforcement officials and prevention advocates.
Mexican "black tar" is the prevailing variety of heroin in Michigan. Southeast Asian product is also strengthening its position in the state’s metropolitan areas, and is accounting for an increasing number of drug rehab admissions in the region. Once the drug comes into the state, its sale and distribution are controlled primarily by Hispanic criminal groups. Nigerians have also played an increasingly large role in the Michigan heroin trade. Detroit has one of the highest heroin addiction rates in the country, and is falling way behind in treatment progress.
Methamphetamine addiction in Michigan has grown consistently over the past decade. The rise of clandestine labs in the state’s rural areas has led to an organized distribution network of independent distributors and widespread use. Ironically, the state’s metropolitan areas have seen little in the way of methamphetamine addiction. The drug is scarcely available in Detroit, although the Detroit-Windsor border remains a popular transit route for pseudoephedrine (a main ingredient in the drug’s production). Meth abuse has been largely confined to the state’s farms and suburbs.
Oxycontin is the most commonly abused prescription drug in Michigan. Others include hydrocodone, methadone and Xanax. Addiction is usually the result of a patient abusing their prescription, dishonest or ill-advised physician practices, theft of a legitimate supply or unregulated Internet sales. Prescription drug addiction now spans all blocs of the state’s population. A generous portion of the state’s supply is diverted from Canada. Controlling entities include miscellaneous independent dealers.
Michigan’s rave and club culture has given way to a proliferation of club drug abuse. The club drug family consists of MDMA (molly), GHB, PCP, Ketamine and LSD. Club drug abuse is most common among the state’s younger population. Michigan’s colleges and universities have become incubators for club drug abuse and addiction. Molly continues to be the leading club drug in the state. Club drugs are available throughout the entire state, with the exception of the central lower-peninsula. Club drugs are accounting for an increasing amount of Michigan drug rehab admissions.
Economic depression continues to play a large role in the need for drug and alcohol rehabs in Michigan. Cocaine and heroin play a dominant role in the illegal drug market, and continue to threaten the lives and health of the state’s residents. Prescriptions diverted from New York and Canada are responsible for more and more drug-related illnesses and fatalities. Without the benefit of heightened enforcement and treatment, Michigan will continue to face the consequences of a colossal drug pandemic. Prosecution of distributors and help for victims is needed now.