Washington’s proximity to Canada makes it a prime state for drug trafficking. The state also ranks third in the United States for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Cocaine, heroin and marijuana enter Washington from Canada in large amounts. Drug trafficking, often by motorcycle gangs, has resulted in an increase in violent crime. Money laundering is also a challenge for the state law enforcement personnel. The abuse of black tar heroin has remained steady over recent years. Much of the methamphetamine supply comes into the state from California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona. The ban on ephedrine has not stemmed the tide of methamphetamine laboratories throughout the state.
The abuse of club drugs, as in most other states in the country, is rising steadily in Washington. MDMA (ecstasy), GHB, LSD, PCP and ketamine are all abused, primarily by young students, at rave parties and nightclubs.
Three kinds of marijuana are available in Washington. The most potent form, BC Bud, enters the state from over the Canadian border. The climate, vast forest land and mountains, and rural land makes Washington a favored state for private marijuana growers.
The abuse of prescription pain medications are skyrocketing. Oxycontin, methadone, and Xanax are the three prescription drugs most commonly abused.
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