Prescription drug abuse remains high and trafficking in cheap Mexican heroin continues to increase, but abuse of Ecstasy “may have peaked,” according to the federal government's 2013 National Drug Threat Assessment, released Tuesday. The report said prescription drug abuse is second only to abuse of marijuana. Cocaine availability and abuse continued a five-year decline, but the availability of methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico is trending upward.
Synthetic designer drugs also pose an increased threat, according to the annual report by the U.S. Justice Department. The report is based upon quantitative data from various sources, including seizures and arrests made by 1,307 state and local law enforcement agencies. The report also considers such thing as tests of drug purity or potency and drug prices.