In addition to being a breeding ground for substance abuse and illegal drug addiction, Mississippi also happens to be a major drug distribution hub for the Gulf Coast and outlying areas. The state’s convenient geographical positioning allows drug traffickers from Chicago, Miami, Detroit and numerous other areas to easily meet with local distributors and conduct wholesale transactions. Drug and alcohol rehab has become a necessity for Mississippi due to the growing number of addicted residents, as well as the violence and criminality that the state’s illegal drug trade has brought with it. Cocaine is the largest illegal drug problem in Mississippi; it accounts for a large majority of drug and alcohol rehab admissions, and continues to claim the lives of residents. Methamphetamine addiction and recreational prescription abuse are also two major concerns and have increased dramatically over the past decade. Without a comprehensive approach to the eradication of substance abuse, and the development of more drug and alcohol rehab facilities, citizens of every age group and cultural background continue to be vulnerable to the physical, emotional and legal consequences.
The largely unregulated abuse and distribution of cocaine, by itself, has triggered the need for heightened drug rehab efforts. The infiltration of methamphetamine and recreational prescriptions has escalated the problem to crisis proportions. While there can certainly be more, there are already many quality facilities dedicated to helping Mississippi residents gain independence from substance abuse and addiction. The diverse and ever-changing nature of the state’s illegal drug problem has forced addiction care professionals to adapt and implement new and more effective clinical methods.
Depression and anxiety stemming from widespread poverty havegreatly contributed to the need for quality alcohol rehab. Mississippi is home to a storied and proud university culture as well as innumerable bars. Alcoholism in Mississippi spans the entire population, from accomplished professionals to poor single parents to students, adolescents and teenagers. This problem must be met with the proper institutional efforts. A quality rehab facility will address the root causes of your alcohol abuse, and help you develop coping and resistance methods for a successful and alcohol-free post-treatment life.
No patient can undergo a successful rehab without the benefit of a thorough professional detox program. Detox facilities allow patients to undertake their rehab with clean and toxin-free system. The best detox centers will work hard to alleviate pains and illnesses associated with the withdrawal processes, and realize that the more comfortable the patient is during detox, the better inclined and more proactive they’ll be toward rehab. It’s critical that a patient enlist the help of a friend or loved during the selection process, as the wrong choice can cause unnecessary pain, and discourage the patient from rehab altogether.
Marijuana is easily accessible throughout Mississippi, and is the most popular illegal drug in the state. Marijuana abuse is common among almost every portion of the state’s population. Mexican product is smuggled in primarily from Texas on a constant basis, while local producers cultivate their own domestic variety. The state’s rural areas are literally fertile ground for a thriving in-state marijuana industry. Both foreign and domestic marijuana in Mississippi is moved throughout the state primarily in private and commercial trucks and automobiles. The state is also the site of large-scale seizures of product headed for the northeast, some in excess of 1000 pounds.
Unquestionably the most immediate and dangerous drug problem facing the state’s residents, crack and powder cocaine have reached epidemic proportions in Mississippi. Cocaine is responsible for more violence and criminal activity than any other drug. Gangs such as the Vice Lords, the Four-Corner Hustlers and the Wood Street Players are heavily involved in bringing product into state. Local distribution is controlled by miscellaneous independent drug trafficking organizations. A bulk of Mississippi’s cocaine supply comes in through Texas.
Heroin poses a comparatively small threat in Mississippi. What little heroin that actually is bound for the state is often seized in Chicago or Atlanta. Mexican “black tar” heroin is prevailing choice for the state’s addicts. Although addiction is kept at a minimum, heroin transshipment from Mississippi to other states is alive and well. Though law enforcement has exhibited a more proactive and enforcement-oriented approach to interstate heroin distribution, recent data indicates a steady continuation of the problem. Local distribution is controlled by a variety of independent organizations.
Domestic production in clandestine laboratories combined with interstate smuggling has made methamphetamine a widespread illegal drug problem for the people of Mississippi, second only to cocaine in scope and immediacy. The past ten years have seen a proliferation of an almost entirely pure variety of methamphetamine called "ice." The Mississippi methamphetamine addict population tends to include the lower-middle class , but has expanded to more of the state’s cultural groups. Home-grown laboratories, mostly in the state’s rural areas, produce limited amounts of higher-potency product mostly for distribution within the its borders.
The diversion of pharmaceuticals for recreational abuse is among Mississippi’s largest illicit drug problems. Drugs like OxyContin, Xanax, Vicodin and Valium are all readily available on the illegal prescription market. The most common causes of prescription drug addiction tend to be dishonest physician practices, person-to-person theft, misuse of a legitimate supply for pain treatment, and unregulated Internet sales. Prescription addiction knows no cultural stereotype, and is responsible for an increasing number of hospital admissions and fatalities in all areas of the state.
Drugs such as MDMA (molly), GHB, LSD, PCP and Ketamine are all part of the club drug family, and are heavily abused within the state’s younger population. Once confined to a select group of Caucasian teenagers and young adults, club drug addiction has spread to virtually all of Mississippi’s college campuses. Club drugs are sold and abused by all sections of the state’s youth and student population. Molly is the most popular club drug in the state and continues to be the drug of choice for a abusers ages 17 to 30. GHB and Ketamine are not as common as other substances in the club drug family.
Cocaine and methamphetamine continue to be the dominant illegal drug threats in Mississippi. These along with the state’s emerging prescription drug abuse problem need to be addressed with more local drug and alcohol rehab programs. The domestic production of marijuana and methamphetamine indicate a thriving illegal drug industry right within Mississippi’s borders. Institutional efforts that combine enforcement with treatment are the most productive means of dealing with this problem, and better shielding Mississippi residents from substance abuse and addiction.