Michigan is a state rife with drug threats of every kind. Most noticeable however is the rampant use and dealing of substances like Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine, MDMA and Methamphetamine. The crystal meth scene has exploded recently as well with a sudden increase in rural small-scale laboratories. Prescription drug abuse has escalated as well in recent times given the depressed state of the economy and majority of the population living well below the poverty line.
Heroin is most readily available in the metropolitan areas of Detroit and into the more sprawling suburban areas of Michigan. Heroin from South American countries continues to dominate the trade with a significant quantity being imported from Mexico and even Africa on a regular basis. Heroin originating from southeastern and southwestern Asian markets has also been making a splash on the Detroit scene. Heroin trafficking is largely controlled by inner-city street gangs comprised mostly of Hispanic Latinos. Nigerian drug groups are also running heroin into Michigan and surrounding areas. Detroit is the hub of most of the drug trade supplying nearby locales and Ohio. Middle-class heroin use has seen a steady rise indicating the drug is making headway outside the typical abject poverty stricken enclaves.
Cocaine and crack have always been a permanent fixture of Detroit and have been around for decades at relatively consistent levels. The Mexican and Colombian cartels work together to have a stronghold in the cocaine markets in Michigan. Crack operations dominate the low-end markets, while cocaine is reserved for high-end affluent buyers in suburban Caucasian neighborhoods. These drug rings that distribute crack and cocaine are also involved in other shady operations and gang activity. Purity levels of cocaine vary from around 40%-90% depending on the particular market within Michigan. Cocaine can be purchased on the black market from amounts as low as grams all the way to kilogram quantities.
In the span of 10 years the methamphetamine trade has seen a sizable increase in the amount of lab seizures. However small local operations continue to pop up at an alarming rate replacing the old meth labs without missing a beat. The majority of individuals overseeing theses enterprises are inner-city Caucasian and Hispanic males from street gangs.
A substantial amount of marijuana circulating through Michigan comes from out of the country just north of the border in Canada. The Northern Border Ambassador Bridge located on the border of Michigan and Ontario is one of the busiest and most active commercial ports in the world making detection of drugs interspersed with legitimate goods a dispiriting task. The marijuana originating from Canada is known as B.C. buds, which is considerably more potent and higher in THC than Mexican home-grown cultivated marijuana. Seizures in the amount of multi-hundred pounds happen regularly but the drugs continue to flow in through the already overwhelmed border patrol.
The illegal diversion of prescription medications from fraudulent doctor shopping and forgeries have gone up and OxyContin is in high demand. For users unable to get heroin, opioid painkillers like OxyContin offer a similar high. Tasks forces operating within Cheboygan county attribute most of the crime originating from the area due to the incessant demand for OxyContin. Other popular abused prescription drugs in Michigan include the following:
Michigan is in desperate need of detox and treatment centers in order to facilitate the decrease in the alarming amount of overdose and accidental drug-induced deaths. The epidemic affecting the country is widespread and needs be fought with an adequate presence of recovery support groups and rehabilitation centers designed to treat and cure addiction.