Coke, Meth In Virtual Tie As No. 1 US Drug Threat


Cocaine and methamphetamines are the greatest drug threats in the United States, state and local law enforcement agencies have reportred tot he National Drug Intelligence Center. A national drug threat assessment issued by the center concludes that the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs, particularly cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, MDMA, pharmaceuticals, and other dangerous drugs pose a serious threat to the nation. In 2002 an estimated 35.1 million people 12 and older reported using an illicit drug within the past year; an estimated 3.2 million people were dependent on or abusers of illicit drugs.

A survey of state and local law enforcement agencies found that 37 percent of them identified cocaine as their greatest drug threat, followed by methamphetamine (36.2 percent), marijuana (13.1 percent) and heroin (8.7 percent) National Drug Threat Survey 2003 data show that more agencies identified cocaine as the drug that most contributes to violent crime (50.1 percent) and property crime (42.0 percent) than methamphetamine (31.6 percent and 29.8 percent).


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