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NCJ Number: 200075 Find in a Library
Title: District of Columbia: Drug Threat Assessment
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: January 2002
Page Count: 41
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
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US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
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Publication Number: 2002-S0379DC-001
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US Dept of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Ctr
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Johnstown, PA 15901-1622
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This strategic assessment of the status and outlook of the drug threat to the District of Columbia examines the threat posed by each drug type or category, taking into account the most current quantitative and qualitative information on availability, demand, production or cultivation, transportation, and distribution, as well as the effects of a particular drug on abusers and society as a whole.
Abstract: Overall, the distribution and abuse of illegal drugs pose a serious threat to the safety and security of individuals who live and work in the District of Columbia. The District has a high homicide rate, and many of the killings are drug-related. Approximately 60,000 drug abusers reside in the District (over 10 percent of the population), resulting in higher treatment-related costs per capita than any State in the Nation. Cocaine, particularly crack, is the most serious drug threat to the District. Cocaine abuse is associated with more drug treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities, emergency department mentions, and deaths than is abuse of any other drug. Heroin, primarily South American, poses a growing threat to the District because the number of abusers is high and continues to increase. Long-term heroin abusers who inject the drug continue to purchase low-purity heroin; however, high-purity heroin is purchased by a predominantly younger and more suburban abuser population from Virginia and Maryland. Marijuana is the most readily available, least expensive, and widely abused illicit drug in the District; however, the drug poses a lower threat than cocaine or heroin because the District had no deaths in 1999 related to marijuana abuse, and abuse is not often associated with violent crime. Methamphetamine is increasingly available and abused, but it is not yet a serious problem in the District. Other dangerous drugs are an increasing threat to the District; these include the club drugs MDMA, GHB, and ketamine; the hallucinogens LSD and PCP; the stimulant khat; and diverted pharmaceuticals. 9 tables and 25 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Cocaine; District of Columbia; Heroin; Marijuana; Threat assessment
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