Most people have a stereotype that comes to mind when they think about communities and the types of drugs they use. Some people think marijuana is explosive in more diverse communities, whereas other people believe that big cities leads the way in drugs like heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy. Pill popping? That’s left for old America, right? Wrong!
A new survey conducted in the middle oh Ohio, an area as hard-working and American as any. It shows exactly what the drug trends are in terms of usage and availability. The survey was answered by law enforcement, treatment experts, and drug users over a 16-county wide map of central-eastern and southern Ohio.
The report shows that heroin and suboxone are on the rise, while for the first time we’ve seen, a decrease in bath salts is seen. Ohio has been one of the leading states to ban bath salts, but as we’ve seen, the producers of the substances continue to skirt laws, and vendors continue to sell them despite the new laws.
Black tar heroin is sharply on the rise over the last 6 months, and the report suggests that the primary age group of users is 18-30. It also shows a new drug trend. Users are giving up on Oxycontin for Opana. Users are able to crush Opana and either snort or inject it, while Oxycontin no longer can be manipulated in that way.
The other highlight was the kids like pills and over the counter medications. Teens have easy access to the pills, and they prefer the high thinking it is safer because it is “medicine.” In what may not be a surprise at all, kids can get their hands on marijuana and cocaine at any time, most often picking it up at school.
In some communities, heroin is easier to get than marijuana. The drug survey shows age and substance range. You can see the information in the graphic below.