California has a longstanding reputation as a counterculture haven.  With subculture comes plenty of drugs and experimentation.  California has always been on the forefront of the drug scene beginning all the way back in the psychedelic wave in the early 60’s stemming out of the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere in Southern California.  With these firm roots in place California became forever associated with the hippie movement and alternative lifestyles.  Always seen as a progressive state it is in this environment that provides the ideal setting for a drug epidemic outbreak to flourish.  

Much of the drugs that make their way into the state are smuggled from drug cartels in Mexico and elsewhere.  With some drugs being cultivated within the Golden State itself in vast assembly-like quantities such as methamphetamine and marijuana.  Other drugs like cocaine and heroin remain a problem because of their constant trafficking from illegal organized drug syndicates.  It is vital to the health of the state at large to have in place a number of drug rehabilitation and detox centers to serve the ever-increasing need and demand.  The following factors make California a prime location for drug activity.

  • Geography (Accessible via land or sea)
  • Multicultural Ethnicity
  • Progressive & Liberal Political Climate
  • Economic & State Budgetary Deficit
  • Hollywood Influence
  • Gang Activity & Drug Cartels

Virtually any drug you can conceive is located within the confines of the Golden State.  From party drugs like MDMA and Ecstasy to prescription medication opioids like Oxycontin the state has a massive problem on its hand the following is a list of the most pervasive drugs to be found within the state.  This is no comprehensive list by any means but it provides a good basis to underscore the depth of the issue.

  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • MDMA
  • Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine)
  • Prescription Opioids (Vicodin, OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percocet, Roxicet, Hydrocodone, Codeine, )
  • Prescription Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin)
  • Psilocybin
  • DMT
  • LSD
  • PCP
  • Marijuana
  • Bath Salts (Flakka, Spice, K2)

Heroin has always been prevalent in California, the primary type being the Mexican black tar as opposed to the Colombian and Southeastern Asian varieties also available in abundance.  It is being both smuggled and sent via the mail in small and larger packages in commercially disguised shipments and cargo.

Considered the nation’s largest distribution center for cocaine it is no wonder the drug is being abused to such a degree here.  Smuggled across the border and then unloaded in stash houses it is then distributed throughout the greater metropolitan areas or diverted to other regions within the country.  Cocaine remains one of the biggest substance hurdles to overcome for people entering treatment for addiction.

Crystal meth (methamphetamine) is probably the single biggest drug threat to the state of California being the drug of choice to a number of people in treatment.   The mexican drug cartels have a stranglehold on the production of crystal meth with a number of smaller caucasian operated outfits springing up on the scene utilizing sophisticated, and, at times more pedestrian modes of drug manufacture.

With the recent legislation in favor of marijuana the number of drug grow operations, legal and illegal has exploded.  In continues to be the most widely abused drug in terms of sheer numbers than anything else available on the market.  There is virtually every type of strain of marijuana imaginable available in the state.  Mexican drug outfits have cornered the low-grade outdoor grown market, while Canada continues to export much of its signature grown “BC Bud” strands.  The domestic grows utilize both technologically advanced hydroponic indoor and outdoor methods alike.

Prescription drugs remain a considerable obstacle in the face of lawmakers within the state.  Due to disparities in the law between America and Mexico the border continues to be a major source of controlled substances from rogue pharmacies operating on the outskirts of statelines.  Northern Californians prescription drugs of choice include Vicodin, OxyContin, Carisoprodol and Benzodiazepines.  In Los Angeles county the most commonly abused medications are Valium, Xanax, OxyContin, Codeine, Vicodin, and Promethazine cough syrup.  San Diego residents are inclined towards anabolic steroids, Lortab, VicodinES, Vicodin and Vicoprofen.  The compelling need for drug and rehab treatment providers in the State of California can’t be underestimated enough.  


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