Current Drug Abuse Problems in Delaware
Delaware ranks as the third smallest state in the US. However, the drug abuse statistics in the area is contrary to its geographical size. This is probably due to the proximity of Delaware from New York and Philadelphia. Most Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) that supply drugs for Delaware are based in the neighboring states. The geographical setting of Delaware makes the flow of drugs easier. In result, the community is more prone to drug addiction and overdose which significantly affected the increasing violence in the state.
The Philadelphia Field Division (PFD) Intelligence Program – which is under a Drug Enforcement Administration – recently examined the availability and abuse of drugs in Delaware. The drug abuse for the State of Delaware was indicated by several factors: availability of illicit drugs and death rates due to overdose.
Availability of Illicit Drugs
- Powdered and Crack Cocaine
Since DTOs operate in the neighboring states, supplies for both powdered and crack cocaine are substantial for drug users and addicts in Delaware. According to law enforcement of the state, cocaine supply and demand has not diminished and continued to increase.Commonly, cocaine is transported through costumed vehicles that have hidden compartments. Together with the different imported products, cocaine is delivered to the largest port in Delaware which is situated in the city of Wilmington. The users and drug addicts from Wilmington are perhaps the primary customers of the imported drugs. This is also the reason why Wilmington is considered to be one of the most violent cities.
According to DEA, the annual report for heroin distribution and abuse is constantly increasing. Because of this, heroin is treated as the most significant threat in Delaware.
Similar to cocaine, suppliers for heroin are based in the neighboring states. And the city of Wilmington is considered as the largest supply base for heroin.
Also, heroin coming from Delaware is aggravated through adding fentanyl. Reports indicate that adding fentanyl attracts more drugs users because of the stronger effects. This becomes a motivation for different DTOs to gain more profits.
Supply for marijuana in Delaware is usually imported from California. But it doesn’t mean that marijuana isn’t widely used and availed throughout the state.
In fact, recreational marijuana is still prevalent among high school and college students. But marijuana remains popular among adults. New reports indicated that marijuana users usually combined it with other drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin.
However, marijuana cultivation isn’t a big issue in Delaware.
Although meth is available throughout the state, supply, on the other hand, is limited. DTOs from California and Mexico are one of the primary suppliers in the area. There are also local traffickers who process and produce meth but only in minimal number.
Reports pointed out that meth is usually transported via private vehicles, luggage on public transport and even from packages that delivered by shipping companies.
Death Rates due to Drug Overdose
- Deaths due to Cocaine Overdose
Cocaine-related overdose in the state of Delaware increased by 44.8 percent from 2014 – 2015. Counties such as Kent and Sussex also continue to rise since 2015. New Castle, on the other hand, has decreased 31. 3 percent last 2014.
- Deaths due to Heroin Overdose
More than 90 percent increase of deaths in Delaware were recorded since 2014 due to a heroin overdose. There was a 93.5 percent increase for New Castle and 87.5 percent increase for Kent and Sussex. Fortunately, the overall deaths of a heroin overdose in Delaware decreased by 7.8 percent from 2014 – 2015.
- Overall Deaths due to Overdose
The drug-related deaths of Delaware are alarmingly increasing. In 2016, The Department of Health and Social Services announced that the state acquired 308 drug-related overdoses and 228 overdosed users last 2015. Fentanyl overdose also contributes to the overall drug-related death rate of Delaware. Last year, there are 120 overdosed users recorded for using fentanyl.