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Nevada Drug Statistics and Facts

  • Nevada youth had statistically considerably higher rates in overall illicit drug use, Marijuana use, and nonmedical use of painkillers than U.S. youths.
  • Nevada adolescents were ranked 2nd to the worst tier for their past-year alcohol abuse or dependence and the worst tier for their past-year alcohol dependence.
  • In 2009, Nevada youths accounted for 3.6 percent of the total principal Heroin admissions in the Silver State, whereas the rate was 0.5 percent for youths nationwide.
  • Cocaine is available in northern Nevada and readily available throughout southern Nevada. Cocaine is brought into Nevada primarily from California via ground transportation.
  • Nevada youths past-month illegal drug use rate in 2008 and 2009 was statistically significant higher than the U.S. rate, 12.57 percent versus 9.65 percent.
  • Southern Nevada, especially in Las Vegas, serves as a transshipment point for Cocaine with distribution points across the nation.
  • African American street gangs primarily control the distribution market for Crack Cocaine and base their operations in a cheap motel rooms, and apartments located in impoverished areas throughout Nevadas larger cities.
  • Mexican black tar Heroin continues to be the most prevalent Heroin available in Nevada.
  • Meth is the most commonly encountered drug in Nevada and continues to be available in both personal use and distribution quantities
  • Nevada is both a point of importation and a source of production for Meth.
  • In 2009, there were 9,909 people who were admitted to alcohol and drug rehabs in Nevada. Of this population, 66 percent were male, and 34 percent were female.
  • Around 9 percent of Nevada residents reported past-month use of illicit drugs, in Nevada; the national average was 8 percent.
  • Stimulants, including Meth, are the most frequently cited drugs among primary drug treatment admissions in Nevada.
  • The Meth imported into Nevada is created mainly in super labs (producing ten pounds or more in a 24 hour period) by Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in California and Mexico.
  • In 2007 and 2008, Nevada was 1 of the top 10 states for rates in several drug use categories.
  • The annual National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services said that the number of alcohol and drug treatment centers, in Nevada has remained relatively stable from 2002 until 2006 with 77 treatment centers. Fifteen centers offered some form of residential care, and nine centers offered opioid treatment.
  • The readiness of club drugs in Nevada ranges from occasional in the northern urban areas to easily available in cities located in the southern section of the state, specifically Las Vegas.
  • Domestically cultivated, and Mexican-grown Marijuana remains readily available in Nevada.
  • While the number of alcohol admissions, in Nevada, only drooped over the years, 2,602 people went to treatment for alcohol abuse in 2010. There was an extra 1,520 people who were admitted to treatment for alcohol mixed with a secondary drug.
  • The pharmaceutical drugs of choice in Nevada include Lortab, Oxycodone, Xanax, Codeine, Diazepam and Hydrocodone. Prescription forgery and doctor shopping continue the primary methods by which pharmaceutical drugs are diverted in Nevada.