Ohio Drug Threat Assessment   [open pdf - 2MB]

"The production, distribution, and abuse of illegal drugs continue to pose a serious threat to the safety and security of the citizens of Ohio. Most of the violent crime committed in the state is attributed to the distribution and abuse of powdered cocaine and crack, which constitutes the states primary drug threat. The rising availability of higher purity, lower cost heroin is leading to an expanding user population and greater risks to users, who are younger than ever before. In-state methamphetamine production has become a significant issue for law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio and is not limited to rural areas of the state. Marijuana remains the most abused drug in the state, and abuse among residents under 18 years old ranks highest among all age groups. Club drugs such as MDMA and GHB are growing in popularity in most urban areas of the state where raves are also increasing. The perception of club drugs as harmless has led to increased abuse and in some cases, death. Pharmaceutical diversion is now recognized as a significant problem in Ohio. OxyContin, a commonly prescribed pain reliever, is particularly popular in southern Ohio, where authorities believe it has been responsible for at least 15 deaths since 1999."

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