Archived on: September 1, 2011. This document may contain dated information. It remains available to provide access to historical materials.
This assessment is an outgrowth of a partnership between the NDIC and HIDTA Program for preparation of annual assessments depicting drug trafficking trends and developments in HIDTA Program areas. The report has been coordinated with the HIDTA, is limited in scope to HIDTA jurisdictional boundaries, and draws upon a wide variety of sources within those boundaries.
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Figure 1. Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area
Table 1. Appalachia
HIDTA Initiative Seizures, by Drug, in Kilograms, 2009
Table 2. Methamphetamine Laboratories Seized in Appalachia HIDTA Counties, 2005-2009
Table 3. Cannabis Plants Eradicated at Outdoor and Indoor Grow Sites in Appalachia HIDTA Counties, 2005-2009
Table A1. Drug-Related Treatment Admissions to Publicly Funded Facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, by Drug, 2004-2008
The principal drug threats to the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) region are the diversion and abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPDs), particularly prescription opioid pain relievers,a the distribution and abuse of cocaine, and the production and abuse of methamphetamine. In addition, marijuana production and distribution continue to pose serious threats to the region.
The following are significant strategic drug threat developments in the Appalachia HIDTA region:
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Opioid pain relievers include codeine, fentanyl (Duragesic, Actiq), hydromorphone
(Dilaudid), meperidine (Demerol), morphine (MS Contin), oxycodone (OxyContin), methadone
(Dolophine), and hydrocodone combinations (Vicodin, Lortab, and Lorcet).
b. Pseudoephedrine smurfing is a method used by some methamphetamine producers to acquire large quantities of pseudoephedrine by enlisting the assistance of several friends or associates in making purchases at or below the legal thresholds from multiple retail locations.
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