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Delaware Drug Threat Assessment Update

Delaware Drug Threat Assessment Update.Publication Date: May 2003
Original Publication: March 2002

Document ID: 2003-S0379DE-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 Delaware Drug Threat Assessment, which is a strategic assessment of the status and outlook of the drug threat to Delaware. 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 Delaware Drug Threat Assessment was produced in March 2002 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. Percentage of Drug-Related Federal Sentences by Drug Type, Delaware and United States, FY2001



Map of Delaware showing major transportation routes.

The distribution and abuse of illegal drugs pose a serious threat to Delaware. Most illicit drugs available in the state are transported from Philadelphia and New York City. Private vehicles are the primary conveyances used to transport illicit drugs into Delaware. Tractor-trailers, maritime vessels, couriers aboard trains and buses, and package delivery services also are used to transport illicit drugs into the state. Most of the illicit drugs transported into Delaware are abused within the state and are not transshipped to other locations.

Cocaine, both powdered and crack, poses the most significant drug threat to Delaware. The drug is readily available, frequently abused, and often associated with violent crime. The threat to the state posed by heroin, primarily South American heroin, rivals the threat posed by cocaine. Heroin availability has spread to rural areas of the state, and the number of heroin-related treatment admissions in Delaware is higher than for any other illicit drug in the state. Marijuana is the most readily available and widely abused illicit drug in Delaware. The availability and abuse of other dangerous drugs, principally MDMA and some diverted pharmaceuticals, pose an increasing threat to the state. Methamphetamine production, distribution, and abuse pose a low threat to Delaware.


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