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Wisconsin Drug Threat Assessment Update

Wisconsin Drug Threat Assessment Update.Publication Date: June 2002
Original Publication: May 2001

Document ID: 2002-S0382WI-001

Archived on:  January 1, 2006. This document may contain dated information. It remains available to provide access to historical materials.

This report is a brief update to the Wisconsin Drug Threat Assessment, which is a strategic assessment of the status and outlook of the drug threat to Wisconsin. Analytical judgment determined the threat posed by each drug type or category, taking into account the most current quantitative and qualitative information on availability, demand, production or cultivation, transportation, and distribution, as well as the effects of a particular drug on abusers and society as a whole. While NDIC sought to incorporate the latest available information, a time lag often exists between collection and publication of data. NDIC anticipates that this update will be useful to policymakers, law enforcement personnel, and treatment providers at the federal, state, and local levels. 

The Wisconsin Drug Threat Assessment was produced in May 2001 and is available on NDIC's web site or by contacting the NDIC dissemination line at 814-532-4541.

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Other Dangerous Drugs
  Diverted Pharmaceuticals



List of Tables 

Table 1. Drug-Related Treatment Admissions to Publicly Funded Facilities, Wisconsin, 1994-2000


Illicit drugs pose an increasingly serious threat to Wisconsin residents. Milwaukee and, to a lesser extent, Madison serve as distribution centers for most of the illicit drugs that are distributed within the state. Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and criminal groups are the principal transporters and wholesale distributors of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana in Wisconsin. Dominican DTOs and criminal groups dominate the transportation and wholesale distribution of South American heroin, and Nigerian DTOs transport and distribute Southeast Asian heroin at the wholesale level. Organized street gangs such as Gangster Disciples, Vice Lords, and Latin Kings dominate the retail distribution of most drugs in urban areas and throughout the state.

The widespread availability and abuse of powdered and crack cocaine pose the most serious illicit drug threat to Wisconsin. Marijuana, the second most significant drug threat, is the most widely available and commonly abused illicit drug in the state. Methamphetamine poses an increasingly serious threat; abuse of the drug had been concentrated in the northwestern part of the state but is now spreading throughout Wisconsin. The increasing availability and abuse of heroin also present an emerging drug threat. The abuse of other dangerous drugs such as MDMA, GHB, and LSD and the diversion and abuse of pharmaceuticals, particularly OxyContin, pose an increasingly serious concern to Wisconsin's law enforcement and healthcare professionals. 


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