Enforcement Officers: 2,499
State Prison Population:
Probation Population: 36,705
Federal Drug Seizures
Cocaine: 1.0 kgs.
Heroin: 1.1 kgs.
Marijuana: 0 kgs.
Laboratories: 128 (DEA, state,
Top 4 cities in IdahoPocatello
Addiction and Addiction Treatment Centers
Drug Situation: Mexican National
poly-drug organizations control most drug trafficking organizations in the
state. Methamphetamine, produced in and outside the region, is widely available
and is responsible for a large number of individuals entering drug rehab
centers. Controlled substances are smuggled into the state via air and land
routes from Southwest border-states and Mexico. Marijuana and Club
Drugs are common in Idaho.
Cocaine: Cocaine is
readily available throughout the state, but is largely limited to affluent
substance abusers. Because of its lower price and higher purity,
methamphetamine has replaced cocaine as the drug of choice among many seeking
drug addiction treatment.
Mexican black tar and brown heroin is readily available in Idaho and is the
drug of choice for a number of addicts entering addiction treatment centers. It
is commonly smuggled into the state in hidden compartments in vehicles.
Methamphetamine: Methamphetamine is one of the most
widely abused drugs in the state. Methamphetamine abuse impacts across all
elements of society. Most methamphetamine is manufactured elsewhere, primarily
in Mexico, California, and other Southwest Border States. When large quantities
of methamphetamine are seized in Northern Idaho, the source is usually from the
Yakima Valley, WA, area. There is significant clandestine laboratory activity
in Idaho, and the number of Mexican super labs (producing over ten pounds of
methamphetamine per cook) has increased. Methamphetamine addiction is the
single greatest reason for people searching for drug rehab centers in the
Drugs: Club Drugs, particularly MDMA
(methylene-dioxy-methamphetamine) (also known as Ecstasy), LSD, and Ketamine
are popular among young adults and are sold at local rave parties. Synthetic
drugs, uncommon in other areas of the division, to include 2C-B, DET (a drug
that imitates a psychotic state for psychological/medical experiments), SMeo
DIPT, a.k.a. Foxy and Foxy Methoxy have appeared in the
Boise Rave scene.
Marijuana: Marijuana cultivation, both
indoor and outdoor, is widespread. Mexican marijuana is also available, but is
Other Drugs: The most commonly abused
pharmaceutical drugs encountered in the state are hydrocodone and
benzodiazepines. Soma and its generic equivalent are commonly abused in
combination with hydrocodone. OxyContin abuse has increased during the past
year. The largest increase of OxyContin prescriptions has occurred in
pain-management medical specialty clinics. Methadone is frequently utilized for
pain management, because it is less expensive than other Schedule II
Enforcement Teams: This cooperative program with state and local law enforcement
counterparts was conceived in 1995 in response to the overwhelming problem of
drug-related violent crime in towns and cities across the nation. There have
been 348 deployments completed resulting in 14,794 arrests of violent drug
criminals as of June 2002. There has been one MET deployment in the State of
Idaho since the inception of the program. The MET deployment to Lewiston,
Idaho-more specifically, the Nezperce Indian Reservation, yielded 13
The Need for Drug Addiction Treatment Continues
to Grow:Drug addiction
is a growing problem for many states and Idaho is no exception. It is all too
easy for "recreational use" to becoming an all-consuming, life-threatening
addiction. As the number of addicts grows, so must the number of addiction
treatment centers able to help these people get their lives back.