Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin are all widely available and abused in Missouri.
Cocaine abuse has remained static in Missouri for the past ten years. Cocaine enters the state from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Florida and Texas. It is converted into crack cocaine and sold on the streets.
The increased purity and low cost of heroin has resulted in an upswing in heroin abuse in Missouri. Hospital emergency rooms have continued to report admissions connected with the use of the drug. Methamphetamine abuse has increased in Missouri over the past twenty years. Methamphetamine laboratories have declined since the ban on ephedrine, a primary ingredient in the production of methamphetamine. Despite this ban, methamphetamine laboratories still exist throughout the state.
Marijuana is abused throughout Missouri, often used in combination with cocaine and/or methamphetamine. Large amounts of marijuana are grown in Missouri, especially in rural communities. The large farming area of the state has made it difficult for law enforcement to find the marijuana growers. Higher purity marijuana is often smuggled in to the state from Canada.
Club drug use has had an increase in Missouri over the past few years. MDMA (ecstasy), GHB, PCP, LSD and ketamine are available in large supply at raves and nightclubs. Club drugs are popular with teenagers and college students. Cities and towns with colleges and universities experience the biggest club drug problem. The club drug trade in Missouri is controlled by gangs. Recent seizures of club drugs have indicated that the drugs are entering Missouri via the U.S. Mail.
Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Missouri. Oxycontin, hydrocodone, methadone, diazepam, Lortab and Xanax are among the drugs abused in the state. Access to the drugs comes from forged prescriptions, “doctor shopping”, pharmacy robberies and Internet purchases. Pain management clinics have cropped up throughout Missouri, flooding the communities with drugs.
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The Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Missouri Department of Mental Health,
1706 East Elm Street, P.O. Box 687,
Jefferson City, Missouri, 65102,
Cape Girard 573-651-6969
Kansas City 816-471-7229
St. Louis 314-647-3677
West Plains 417-256-8988
St. Louis 314-830-3232
Jefferson City 800-945-4673
Mount Vernon 618-322-3178
Kansas City 800-561-2250
Call (816) 826-3004