Kentucky Drug Rehab Centers
Kentucky is the Blue Grass state, named for all the blue grass lawns and pastures throughout the state. It has the two largest man made lakes east of the Mississippi and the highest per capita number of deer and turkey in the country. Growing amongst the blue grass is marijuana and instead of liquor, the bootleggers are shipping marijuana to other cities throughout the Eastern United States.
Kentucky Drug Information
Marijuana, methamphetamine, diverted pharmaceutical drugs, and cocaine are the primary drug threats in the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Kentucky is a primary source of domestically grown marijuana, the majority of which is produced in southeastern Kentucky. The commonwealth consistently ranks as one of the top marijuana producing states.
Marijuana produced in Kentucky either remains in the commonwealth or is exported to metropolitan areas in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and the eastern United States.
Methamphetamine manufacturing activity in Kentucky has decreased, but the trafficking of methamphetamine in Kentucky remains because Caucasians are distributing “Ice” methamphetamine supplied from Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs).
The abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, particularly hydrocodone and oxycodone, remain one of, if not the, largest drug problem in southeastern Kentucky. The availability of diverted pharmaceuticals in central and northern Kentucky remains at a high level.
Cocaine is readily available in central and southeastern Kentucky. Mexican DTOs are the primary source of cocaine from the Southwest Border via regional distribution networks in the Midwest and the southeast.
- Bowling Greaan
Drug Rehab Centers
Detoxification is only the first step on the road of drug addiction treatment. Most drug rehab centers in Kentucky consider detoxification to be when the drug addict is no longer under the influence of the drug, but this is actually only withdrawal.
At Narconon Drug Rehab, which services all of Kentucky, we have a very unique and effective detox procedure that actually rids the body of the old drug residues, which in turn eliminates physical cravings for the drugs and allows a person to feel much healthier mentally and physically.
This is called the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program and is part of Narconon Drug Rehab’s long-term treatment.
Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. It is nicknamed the Derby City because it is home to the Kentucky Derby. The city boasts a thriving downtown area and numerous suburbs.
Drug abuse in Louisville is on the rise, a recent rise in prescription drug abuse has city officials worried that the violence associated with drug trafficking could begin to cause problems for the city.
Kentucky is a major source of domestically grown marijuana. In 2007, Kentucky ranked second in total domestic marijuana production. National Forest lands covering more than 690,000 acres of eastern Kentucky are remote, sparsely populated, very accessible, and possess ideal soil and climate conditions for cannabis cultivation.
In 2007, a total of 64,869 marijuana plants were eradicated from National Forest land in Kentucky. National Forest lands suffer from the collateral effects of marijuana cultivation, which includes property damage to natural resources, archeological sites, and wildlife, including endangered species. Marijuana producers have destroyed numerous trees, plants and fauna, as well as gates and fences to clear cultivation sites and drive vehicles to and from the marijuana plots. Far more marijuana is cultivated in Kentucky than the local market can consume. Marijuana grown in Kentucky is transported to the Midwest (Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan) and the East Coast.
Cocaine is readily available in central and southeastern Kentucky. . Mexican DTOs supply cocaine to inner-city retail/street level distributors. Mexican trafficking organizations use business fronts, such as restaurants and auto repair/detailing shops, to distribute and launder profits. Inner-city DTOs also obtain large amounts of cocaine from non-Mexican DTOs via motor vehicles and parcel delivery services. The price and purity of cocaine in Kentucky increased during 2008.
Drugs of Abuse in Kentucky
Methamphetamine continues to be widely available in central and southeastern Kentucky. Primary suppliers of methamphetamine are Mexican DTOs.
A small decrease in clandestine laboratories/ clandestine manufacturing in southeastern Kentucky are countered by importation of “ICE” methamphetamine from Mexico via the Southwest Border, Atlanta, Georgia, and Ashville, kentucky. Independent traffickers travel to Atlanta and other major cities along the Southwest Border to obtain pound amounts of Mexican produced methamphetamine and smuggle it back into southeastern Kentucky via privately owned vehicles. Small “Mom and Pop” and “One Pot” operators continue to manufacture methamphetamine in small one to two ounce quantities for personal use and for distribution at the local level.
The abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, particularly hydrocodone and oxycodone (Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin® and Oxycontin), remain one of, if not the, largest drug problem in southeastern Kentucky. The availability of diverted pharmaceuticals in central and northern Kentucky remains high, but stable. The availability of Oxycontin in southeastern Kentucky has risen due to the increased availability of pills transported from Midwest metropolitan areas. Primary methods of diversion include pharmacy theft, “doctor shopping,” prescription fraud, and purchasing large quantities of drugs from unscrupulous Internet pharmacies. The purchasing of drugs via the Internet continues to have a significant impact on Kentucky. Purchasers have the drugs delivered to their homes using false names and/or different combinations of the same name.