The state of Connecticut has a tremendous and overwhelming drug and alcohol problem. Heroin and opiates as well as powder and crack cocaine comprise the majority of drug related incidents. Its nearby neighbor of New York has a much to do with the level of drug activity the state faces on a constant basis. NYC remains an integral transit point largely responsible for the distribution of drugs to other states.
The demand and ready access to heroin and other opiates remains robust making it the biggest single threat facing the state. The high quantity, low cost and purity factors play a substantial role in making heroin accessible and attractive to so many of the population. Much of the heroin epidemic in Connecticut can be traced back to the diverted streams of prescription opioids like OxyContin and Hydrocodone. Users are initially hooked on these drugs before having to resort to lower cost substitutes like heroin, which are far more deadly because of their widely varying purity levels. The act of doing heroin can be seen as a form of Russian roulette, due to the uncertainty of potency. Drug-related crime like burglary has seen a massive spike as well as overdoses. The need for detox and rehab treatment options to address these concerns remains critical.
Crack cocaine was the initial wave to take over Connecticut during the mid to late 80’s and well into the 90s era. However that has since been supplanted with a newfound interest in the powder form. The link between New York remains evident here as much of the powder cocaine that makes its way into the state comes from there, and at substantial price discounts.
Most of the prescription drugs afflicting Connecticut come from diverted supplies meant for legitimate use by medical patients. However they tend to become sourced into the ever-increasing demand feeding the streets. The most popular and widely abused prescription pharmaceuticals continue to be the following drugs:
Through doctor shopping and forgery abuse of prescription opiates like Percocet, OxyContin and Vicodin are showing the fastest rising trends in the state. Close to 80% of prescriptions are stolen and or diverted straight from doctor sources and pill mills, or being shipped directly into the state via internet based companies operating overseas. As mentioned above prescription drug users are increasingly shifting towards the lower cost preferred method of heroin to achieve their similar opiate induced high, but at the cost of human life. Again the dire need for detox facilities and treatment centers that can shoulder some of this burden is essential to the health of the state.
Marijuana is highly visible throughout the state and usually comes out of Canada, Mexico or from the Southwestern regions of the United States. Anything from quantities ranging from ounces to pounds can be obtained within the state at relative ease. Much of the marijuana problem comes directly from within the state in high-tech hydroponic indoor grow operations.