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Connecticut Drug Threat Assessment Update

Connecticut Drug Threat Assessment Update.Publication Date: July 2003
Original Publication: July 2002

Document ID: 2003-S0377CT-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 Connecticut Drug Threat Assessment, which is a strategic assessment of the status and outlook of the drug threat to Connecticut. 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 Connecticut Drug Threat Assessment was produced in July 2002 and is available on NDIC's web site or by contacting the NDIC dissemination line at 814-532-4541.

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List of Tables 

Table 1. Drug-Related Treatment Admissions to Publicly Funded Facilities, Connecticut, 1999-2001
Table 2. Percentage of Drug-Related Federal Sentences by Drug Type, Connecticut and United States, FY2001
Table 3. Heroin Prices, Connecticut, First Quarter FY2003
Table 4. Cocaine Prices and Purity Levels, Connecticut, First Quarter FY2003
Table 5. Marijuana Prices, Connecticut, First Quarter FY2003



Map of Connecticut showing major transportation routes.

The distribution and abuse of illicit drugs and diverted pharmaceuticals pose a serious threat to Connecticut. In addition, Connecticut serves as a transshipment point for illicit drugs. Its proximity to New York City and its well-developed transportation infrastructure make Connecticut ideally suited for the movement of illicit drugs, particularly heroin and cocaine, destined for Massachusetts and Vermont. Drugs transported by commercial and private vehicles, couriers aboard trains and commercial aircraft, and package delivery services have an excellent chance of reaching their destination because of the daily volume of traffic moving into and through the state.

Heroin--primarily low cost, high purity South American heroin--has surpassed cocaine to emerge as the greatest drug threat to Connecticut. In 2001 heroin abuse accounted for more treatment admissions than cocaine, marijuana, opiates, and amphetamines combined. Cocaine, both powdered and crack, also poses a significant threat to Connecticut as it is readily available, often abused, and frequently associated with violent crime in the state. Marijuana is readily available and commonly abused in Connecticut. The availability and abuse of other dangerous drugs, principally MDMA and diverted pharmaceuticals, pose an increasing threat to the state. Methamphetamine production, distribution, and abuse pose a low threat to Connecticut.


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