2015 Drug Trends in Oklahoma
Oklahoma is a quiet state that many people don’t think about when it comes to the world of drugs, but honestly, it has been starting to be in the forefront of the drug world for awhile now. Oklahoma City has become a center for drug cartels to distribute to other cities in this region of the United States, and in 2015, prescription drug use increased as well. In this article, we’re going to look at two of the major trends that have been occurring in Oklahoma in the world of drugs.
Prescription drug abuse has always been a problem in Oklahoma, and as time goes on, it’s starting to get worse. A common drug called Kratom has been utilized to diminish pain for a long time in Southeast Asia and is getting famous in the U.S., specifically in some regions of Oklahoma where the drug is becoming prescribed and sold illegally more often than it has in the years prior.
The individuals who utilize Kratom say it helps individuals with drug addictions, however there are researchers who are worried that Kratom could be addictive, and thus cause a lot of problems in people who use it, even if they are using it legitimately in order to help and relieve chronic pain in different parts of their body. Sometimes, Kratom is prescribed because specialists will try at recommending painkillers throughout recuperation from injury or surgery, but the patient will either be unable to use them, afraid to use them, or have an allergy to them.
Some people will go online to hunt down alternatives to painkillers and discover Kratom. It is produced using the leaves of a tropical tree in the espresso family from Southeast Asia. Presently, its being foreign made and then imported into the United States legally and illegally. People say that it does really help with the reduction of pain and that it also gives them a bit of energy to get through their day.
It sounds all good at first, but as you may expect, there are a lot of problems that can come up from using such a painkiller. Kratom is on the radar for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, even though it hasn’t started to cause any issues as of yet. As of this writing, there have been no deaths due to Kratom in the state, yet they have gotten telephone calls from about six concerned folks and there is research that is being done in order to make sure that it is safe and won’t cause further issues in those who have a propensity toward drug addiction. That being said, Kratom needs to be watched and professionals need to understand how to deal with the potential issues related to the drug in a safe and effective way before the abuse problems begin.
Cocaine and Other Drug Transportation
As we mentioned in the introduction, many illegal drugs, specifically cocaine, are becoming an issue in Oklahoma because it has become a gateway for a majority of the drug trafficking that happens in this region of the United States from Central and South America. Many people with the Oklahoma legal groups involved in stopping the drugs during transport will find these white blocks of cocaine. On the surface of the block, which was appropriated in a late bust, is the weak picture of a foot-shaped impression, which makes it look like it was meant to keep a child’s footprint intact, but it’s not. Rather, it’s a mark put by the drug’s maker as an approach to distinguish its source, and these findings are becoming more common.
Drug authorization operators know the greater part of cocaine that streams into Oklahoma is from Mexico. The stamp on the cocaine shows it started somewhere in South America, was transported to Mexico, and originated from one of the major drug trafficking organizations that does much of its business in this region.
Because of this, cocaine is becoming more and more of a problem throughout Oklahoma. More people are using the drug because not only is it incredibly accessible, but the cost is much lower than it would be if you got it from other cities in this region of the United States. More people are becoming addicted to it, and the treatment centers in this region are starting to push the staff to their limits. As this problem comes into the limelight, more treatment centers are being developed and more people are getting the help that they need in order to overcome the addictions.