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Nature and Extent of Illicit Drug Use in Missouri 2012

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This report provides information on the nature and extent of the illicit drug problem in Missouri.
This report from the Missouri Statistical Analysis Center provides data on the nature and extent of the illicit drug problem in the State. Highlights of the report's findings include the following: marijuana accounted for 25.7 percent of all illicit drug diagnoses in 2010 and it was the third most diagnosed drug associated with statewide hospital admissions during that year; the majority of users seeking treatment for marijuana use were male (73.6 percent), Caucasian (65 percent), and over 17 years of age and older (83.4 percent); and cocaine accounted for 12.7 percent of all illicit drugs diagnosed in 2010, and the majority of users seeking treatment for the drug were 40.9 years compared to 30.5 years for clients receiving treatment for other illicit substances. The report also provides information on methamphetamine, heroin/opiates, hallucinogens (LSD, PCP, mescaline, psilocybin, etc.), ecstasy, and other types of illicit drugs. Additionally, the report details the impact of illicit drug use on the State's criminal justice system and its health care system. The final section of the report details the illicit drug industry in the State and covers marijuana cultivation, methamphetamine clandestine laboratories, Missouri interstate distribution trafficking, and distribution and point-of-sale drug trafficking for marijuana, cocaine/crack, methamphetamine, heroin/opiates, hallucinogens, ecstasy, pharmaceuticals, and new illicit drugs. Data for this report were obtained from the State's Uniform Crime Reporting program, the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Social Services, and the State's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Tables, figures, references, appendixes