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South Carolina Drug Threat Assessment Update

South Carolina Drug Threat Assessment Update.Publication Date: June 2002
Original Publication: December 2001

Document ID: 2002-S0380SC-002

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 South Carolina Drug Threat Assessment, which is a strategic assessment of the status and outlook of the drug threat to South Carolina. 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 South Carolina Drug Threat Assessment was produced in December 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, South Carolina, FY1997-FY2001


South Carolina is both a transit state and distribution area for illicit drugs in the eastern United States. Various criminal groups, outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs), street gangs, and local independent dealers transport drugs into South Carolina for distribution and through the state for distribution in other states. Most drugs are transported into the state via private and commercial vehicles.

Cocaine, particularly crack cocaine, continues to pose the most serious illicit drug threat to South Carolina. Cocaine is available throughout the state, and its distribution and abuse frequently are associated with violent crime. Marijuana is the most readily available and commonly abused drug in the state; however, it poses a lower threat than cocaine because it is less often associated with violent crime. Methamphetamine poses the next most significant drug threat, and production and abuse are increasing in South Carolina, particularly in the Upstate and Midlands areas. Heroin constitutes a low threat to South Carolina, and availability and abuse are concentrated in urban areas and coastal regions of the state. Other dangerous drugs such as MDMA, GHB, ketamine, LSD, and diverted pharmaceuticals pose a low but increasing threat to certain parts of the state. 


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