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According to the latest government statistics, drug addiction is increasingly becoming more of an issue in the state of Florida; thus increasing the need for quality drug rehab facilities. A quality Florida drug rehab can help anyone to overcome a drug addiction. One of the reasons that Florida has such a tremendous drug and alcohol addiction problem is because the state is a national transportation hub and a distribution center for illicit drugs. Florida's transportation infrastructure and the states proximity to source countries, make it ideally suited for transporting illicit drugs.

Choosing a drug rehab program for your drug addiction can be a difficult process, with so many available options that exist in Florida. There are inpatient, outpatient, short term and long term drug rehabs in Florida for the treatment of drug or alcohol addiction. In an outpatient Florida drug rehab, the individual that is being treated for a drug addiction usually visits the treatment center at various intervals for a specific number of hours. Many addicts choose this type of local Florida drug treatment in order to remain close to home, but often times this is a recipe for disaster. Very few addicts can benefit long term from such a limited amount of drug rehabilitation. In a residential drug rehab facility, the individual usually lives full time at the treatment facility. The person can receive an intense level of rehabilitation and support that is available around the clock. The National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) has concluded that long term residential treatment of at least 90 days or more has proven to be the most effective type of drug rehab for success in treating drug addiction. Knowing which type of drug rehab to choose is easier when the individual that is seeking drug rehabilitation has a sufficient amount of support and guidance from a treatment professional.

The negative effects of drug addiction can be devastating for anyone that is connected to the person with a substance abuse problem. Drug addiction can cause of myriad of problems in relationships and on the job, and can have a negative impact on the addict's health. If an individual does not seek drug rehabilitation, many times they will lose everything, including their lives, as in the case of a deadly overdose. The only way that an individual with a drug addiction can avoid these catastrophic losses, is to commit to attending a drug rehab center for the best chance at success in overcoming their substance abuse problem. In order for the drug rehab counselor to effectively design an individualized program to best suit the individual, the person must answer questions concerning their drug addiction during the initial assessment which generally takes place during the first call to the treatment center. It is important to have a sense of urgency regarding drug rehab; it is all too common for an addict to minimize their drug problem if they are given too much time to contemplate their decision. In terms of drug addiction, procrastination can have devastating consequences.


  • Cocaine is the primary drug threat in the state of Florida. Cocaine is available throughout the state from gram to kilogram by drug trafficking organizations in some of the major cities throughout the state, including, but not limited to Orlando, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, and West Palm Beach.
  • The Florida Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reported 2,590 arrests that were related to drugs in 2007.
  • The total number of drug arrests for individuals over the age of 18 in Florida during 2006 was 153,667, and during 2007, the total number of adult drug arrest was 155,246.
  • The majority of heroin that is transported to the state of Florida is destined for markets outside of the state that are located along the east coast.
  • The levels of diverted pharmaceuticals in the state of Florida are reported to pose a serious threat to the health and safety of the citizens of the state.
  • The Florida Medical Examiner's office has reported that at least 5 people die in Florida every single day as result of a prescription drug overdose. Investigations have indicated that the diversion of hydrocodone products such as Vicodin, and other opiates continue to be a major problem.
  • According to the latest data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), approximately 1.2 million Florida citizens reported using an illicit drug in the last 30 days.
  • 2005-2006 NSDUH studies have indicated that over 430,000 citizens in Florida have reported an addiction to some form of an illicit drug within the past year.
  • Over 6% of Florida high school students have reported using cocaine at least one time.
  • According to the most recent data recorded by NSDUH, more than 10% of Florida citizens between the ages of 12-17 have reported past month use of an illicit drug.
  • The state of Florida leads the nation in MDMA (ecstasy) seizures and the southern part of the state has been identified as a primary gateway for ecstasy smuggling.
  • Cocaine is readily available in Florida, especially in the largest cities and is the use of crack is linked to an extensive amount of criminal activity in the state and has placed economic burdens on the state.
  • Domestic indoor cultivation of marijuana is a significant industry throughout the state of Florida.
  • OxyContin was the pharmaceutical drug that was most abused prescription drug in the state of Florida.

If you or someone you love is struggling with a devastating drug addiction, Contact a Florida drug rehab center to speak with a counselor who truly understands the difficult time that you are going through. Take the first step to put into place a plan of action to beat your drug addiction, so you can finally by free from the devastating effects of addiction.

Florida Drug Information and Drug Trafficking

Due to Florida's unique location, it is a prime area for international drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. Florida is a principal thoroughfare for cocaine and heroin transiting to the northeastern United States and Canada. The over 8,000 miles of Florida coastline and the short distance of 45 miles between The Bahamas and Florida provide virtually unlimited opportunities for drug trafficking organizations to use maritime conveyances to smuggle drugs.

Miami International Airport (MIA), which is a gateway for heroin and MDMA trafficking in Florida, continues to be the number one airport in the U.S. for international freight and number three in the world for total freight. South Florida, specifically Miami-Dade and Broward counties, are still favorite areas of drug traffickers for the smuggling of large quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the continental United States (CONUS) from South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Drug trafficking and smuggling into Florida occurs via various types of maritime conveyances and cargo freighters, as well as via private and commercial aircraft. Additionally, there is a continued shift to ground transportation (e.g. bus, rail and vehicle) as a means of transporting narcotics throughout the state and to northern destinations.

Miami is the primary domestic command and control center for Colombian narcotics traffickers. Colombian traffickers represent the greatest international threat to the Miami Field Division (MFD). MFD enforcement groups continue to target the transportation infrastructure of Colombian traffickers in the Eastern Pacific, the Caribbean and within Florida.

Florida leads the nation in MDMA seizures. South Florida has been identified as a primary gateway for MDMA smuggling into the CONUS. MIA is a major entry point for South American heroin into the United States. Presently the overwhelming majority of South American heroin enters the CONUS via MIA. Methamphetamine remains a large problem in the MFD and is the primary drug of concern in Central Florida.

Cocaine is readily available in multi-kilogram amounts throughout Florida and remains the primary drug of choice. South American trafficking organizations dominate the importation and distribution of cocaine in Florida. Smuggling via the use of go-fast vessels and pleasure craft, primarily from The Bahamas, and commercial cargo remains the biggest trafficking threat in the MFD.

The Caribbean serves as a major transit zone for cocaine from Central and South America into Florida. Mexican nationals continue to be the primary cocaine distribution groups throughout the Florida panhandle. These groups transport their cocaine in passenger vehicles from the U.S. southwest border areas. Miami is the primary source for the cocaine found in the Jacksonville area. Couriers transport the drug via Interstate 95 from south Florida. The vast majority of the cocaine available in Fort Myers and Naples comes from Miami via couriers in private automobiles utilizing Interstate 75. Interdiction arrests and seizures indicate that traffickers from Sarasota to Tampa are also utilizing Interstate 75 from Miami.

Florida has a crack cocaine problem as it remains the drug of choice for many of the states occupants. Cocaine HCl powder from sources in Miami continues to be converted into crack in other areas of the state. Local conversion of cocaine powder into crack makes it highly available in southwest and northern Florida. Crack cocaine remains a problem statewide in lower socioeconomic areas. Crack cocaine is the most serious drug problem in the Orlando area and abuse remains high. Most of the cocaine HCl brought into the Orlando area is converted into crack.

After being converted to crack, the cocaine is sold locally in the Orlando metropolitan area and transported northward to Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas and the Atlantic coast areas of the U.S. Cocaine, both crack and HCl, are readily available throughout the Jacksonville area, however crack cocaine poses the most serious threat to the region. The distribution and usage of crack is linked to an extensive amount of criminal activity and has placed economic burdens on the community. Cocaine is regularly transported to Jacksonville in private and commercial vehicles along Interstate 95 from southern Florida. The cocaine is either converted into crack and distributed, or is broken down, adulterated and sold to drug distribution organizations based in northeast Florida, southern Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas.

Florida leads the nation in MDMA seizures and international traffickers continue to use south Florida as a base of operations for the importation and distribution of MDMA. Almost half of the seizures in Florida occur at MIA. Couriers on international flights originating from non-source countries (i.e. the Netherlands and Germany) attempt to smuggle MDMA through MIA. Non-source countries include the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and the Dominican Republic.

The primary source location for MDMA (ecstasy) drug trafficking in Florida is Miami. MDMA continues to be widely available and used in the club scene in south Florida (Miami to Fort Lauderdale). Large-scale MDMA groups operate in the Tampa Bay area. MDMA, in multi-thousand dosage units, is shipped into Tampa/St. Petersburg from Germany and The Netherlands. Additionally, the international airports of Tampa and Orlando, plus the two major highway arteries to the Miami area make the acquisition of MDMA an easy task.

MDMA arrives in the Fort Myers area from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. MDMA is popular among the club goers in Fort Myers. Central Florida's "rave scene," nightclubs and tourist atmosphere provide a constant market for MDMA and MDMA continues to grow in popularity with high school and college age individuals.

Bulk quantities of MDMA in the Orlando area are shipped, mailed, or smuggled via courier from Western Europe, usually Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain or the United Kingdom. A majority of the MDMA found in Jacksonville is brought into the area from Orlando, South Florida or directly from Europe.

MDMA is extremely popular in Jacksonville, especially among teenagers and young adults and most distributors tend to be college students. Sources of supply originate in The Netherlands and shipments are received via mail. Some MDMA is brought into the area from sources in South and Central Florida and is delivered in personal vehicles. Additionally, "spring break" activities in the panhandle are a prime time for MDMA sales and usage and reports indicate that users are becoming younger.

In Florida heroin remains readily available, with the highest concentrations in the southern and central parts of the state. MIA is a major gateway for South American heroin distribution throughout the northeast United States. The primary method in which South American heroin is smuggled into Florida is through the use of couriers on commercial flights. The couriers ingest the heroin in quantities up to 1 kilogram. South American heroin is prevalent in the Tampa Bay area. Sources of supply are predominantly from Miami and Orlando. The vast majority of heroin in the Fort Myers area is supplied from Miami and transported overland in multi-ounce quantities by couriers. Most of the heroin activity in Fort Myers/Naples is at the street-level.

Heroin is a serious drug problem in the Orlando metropolitan area. The majority of the heroin in Central Florida is South American in origin, and Puerto Rico is one of the transshipment points between South America and Orlando. Heroin drug trafficking within the Jacksonville area is almost exclusively Colombian in origin. Heroin is transported from the Miami area via private and commercial vehicles to Jacksonville for further distribution.

The Tampa Bay area is the focal point of all methamphetamine distribution and abuse within Florida. Meth is transported into Florida, in multi-pound increments, by Mexican/California drug trafficking organizations based in California and Texas. Mexican traffickers have become entrenched in Central Florida. The Mexican organizations make use of this migrant pipeline to move methamphetamine.

Aside from the Mexican organizations, clandestine methamphetamine lab seizures have taken an explosive upturn in Florida. These clandestine labs tend to be small "mom and pop" operations, but taken as a whole they represent a growing danger.

The trafficking of methamphetamine has increased considerably in the Jacksonville area. As in other areas of the state, labs were small but highly toxic. Many were found in hotel rooms and trucks. Investigations conducted in Pensacola indicate that out-of state methamphetamine manufacturers seek precursor chemicals in northwest Florida. Methamphetamine produced in super labs from Texas and California transits the area along the Interstate 10 corridor.

The abuse of crystal methamphetamine is also a problem. The Southeast Regional Lab (SERL) reports that crystal methamphetamine averages above 80% in purity and is showing up in south Florida clubs, where users are known to mix usage with MDMA. There has also been a significant increase in crystal methamphetamine use within the homosexual community in south Florida, specifically Fort Lauderdale.

MDMA is the most readily available dangerous drug throughout Florida. LSD remains available, however seizures are rare. GHB is also readily available in Florida, especially in and around colleges and universities. Ecstasy is found at rave parties in all parts of Florida and is frequently used in conjunction with other illegal and/or prescription drugs. GHB is commonly abused in Florida, as well as two precursors - GBL and Butanediol (BD).

Marijuana, both domestically grown and imported, is readily available throughout the Florida. Domestic indoor cultivation is a significant industry throughout Florida. The availability of plant hot houses and large commercial nurseries allow traffickers ready access to the necessary equipment for indoor grow operations, particularly in southwest Florida.

The Fort Myers Regional Office reports that growers are aware of federal threshold limits and are growing less than 100 plants per grow to reduce the risk of federal penalties. Marijuana is imported into the Jacksonville area from the U.S. southwest border, Canada and Jamaica, by every available transportation method. The panhandle region continues to be a transit area for marijuana from Mexico. Seizures continue along Interstate 10 from trucks, rental vehicles and trailers traveling east into Florida.

Mexican commercial grade marijuana continues to be brought into the Orlando, Florida area from the southwest border. It is concealed in hidden compartments in passenger cars and large commercial vehicles, in luggage on commercial air flights and within freight shipments.

Pharmaceutical drugs remain widely available throughout Florida, especially OxyContin and Xanax. Preliminary reports from the Florida medical examiners showed that during the first six months of 2003 there were 292 oxycodone-related deaths in the state. This contrasts with a total of 589 oxycodone-related deaths for all of 2002. OxyContin was the most commonly abused pharmaceutical drug in Florida, but restrictions placed upon OxyContin availability are believed to be responsible for the increase in methadone abuse.

Diversion within Florida occurs through indiscriminate prescribing, prescription forgery and theft. Additional methods, which have been especially prevalent in OxyContin incidents, include doctor hopping, pharmacy robberies and prescription fraud (where extra copies of a prescription are made and taken to different pharmacies). Diversion via the internet continues to emerge as a primary method of trafficking and is the basis of several investigations. Internet diversion occurs through fraudulent prescriptions.

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  • Florida Facts
  • In Florida, 83% of the substance abuse problems being treated pertained to alcohol abuse only (National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS)).
  • In the state of Florida, during 2007, 155,246 adults and over 14,000 juveniles were arrested on drug charges.
  • During 2007, 1.3% of the middle school students in Florida reported using methamphetamine at least once.
  • Florida drug statistics estimate that there are 382,293 people abusing prescription drugs, 36,469 people that use inhalants, and 64,924 people who use hallucinogens.
  • Florida, Statistics
  • The population of Florida is 15,979,631 with 7,795,672 Males and 8,183,959 Females.

    The population of Florida, breaks down into the following age groups:

    Under Age 5: 945,721
    Age 5-9: 1,031,622
    Age 10-14: 1,056,931
    Age 15-19: 1,013,918
    Age 20-24: 928,054
    Age 25-34: 2,083,499
    Age 35-44: 2,484,672
    Age 45-54: 2,069,017
    Age 55-59: 821,412
    Age 60-64: 737,397
    Age 65-74: 1,452,049
    Age 75-84: 1,024,072
    Over 85: 331,267

    The Median age in Florida, is 40.5

    Florida Summary
    Florida Area - 47945.47 Sq. Miles
    Land - 46048.92 Sq. Miles
    Water - 1,896.55 Sq. Miles

    The population Density in Florida is 347.01 People per Sq. Mile
    Elevation of Florida - 68 Feet
    Timezone - Central (GMT -6)

    Florida School Enrollment Breakdown
    Age 3 and Over enrolled in Florida schools - 3,932,887
    Florida children enrolled in Nursery or Preschool - 271,298
    Children in Florida enrolled in Kindergarten - 212,723
    Florida children enrolled in Elementary School - 1,716,827
    Florida Highschool Enrollment - 845,265
    Florida College Enrollment - 886,774

    Florida Economy and Employment
    Employment Breakdown:
    16 years and over - 12,742,445
    Total Males in Work Force in Florida - 3,980,495
    Total Females in Work Force in Florida - 3,490,842

    Occupation Breakdown in Florida:
    Management and Professional Occupation related jobs in Florida - 2,206,074
    Service related jobs in Florida - 1,183,508
    Sales and Office Related jobs in Florida - 2,066,060
    Forestry, Farming and Fishing related jobs in Florida - 63,530
    Construction and Maintenance related jobs in Florida - 717,276
    Production and Transportation related jobs in Florida - 757,981

    Florida Houselhold Income Breakdown:
    Household Income-
    Less than $10,000 - 606,925
    $10,000.00 - $14,999 - 426,994
    $15,000 - $24,999 - 918,371
    $25,000 - $34,999 - 901,370
    $35,000 - $49,999 - 1,103,451
    $50,000 - $74,999 - 1,170,446
    $75,000 - $99,999 - 552,343
    $100,000 - $149,999 - 398,839
    $150,000 - $199,999 - 114,432
    $200,000 or more - 147,373
    Average Household Income in Florida - $39,386.35
    Average Household Size in Florida - 2.48

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