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Although cocaine poses a significant threat to the state of Iowa, the increase in the use of amphetamine and methamphetamine has overshadowed the cocaine issue. Throughout the urban areas of Iowa Mexican heroin is intermittently available on a retail scale. There is an increasing issue with heroin in eastern Iowa, as shown in heroin overdoses in that region.

In all sections of Iowa and all racial and ethnic groups drug abuse, methamphetamine is the primary drug of concern. Per the methamphetamine sample data cited by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement in 2005, in Iowa, the average purity level of meth was 38 percent. In addition, law enforcement reports cite that high purity crystal meth can be accessed in northwestern Iowa.

As for marijuana, it is easily accessible in eastern and northwestern Iowa. It is generally available in combination with meth and/or cocaine. In Iowa, domestically produced marijuana and small indoor and outdoor productions have been detected in eastern and central Iowa. "Ditchweed" marijuana-used as filler imported marijuana with higher purity-remains an issue.

Intelligence suggests that there is continuous abuse of club drugs (MDMA and GHB), in Iowa. In addition, MDMA is still often found at raves in eastern and central Iowa. Pharmaceuticals such as Vicodin, Lortab, propoxyphene, alprazolam, hydrocodone, Ultram, diazepam, Hycodan, Demerol, and Dilaudid are the most popular abused substances in eastern and central Iowa. These drugs are often gained via prescription fraud, pharmacy break-ins, doctor shopping, and hospital thefts. Another pharmaceutical drug of abuse in Iowa is OxyContin.

Per 2004-2005 data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 146,000 of Iowa citizens ages 12 or older admitted to past month use of an illegal drug. More 2004-2005 NSDUH results show that 57,000 of Iowa citizens admitted to illegal drug abuse or dependence within the past year.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety CLERT includes law enforcement officers that are specially trained from the Division of Narcotics Enforcement, the Iowa State Patrol and the Fire Marshal's Office, plus chemists from the Division of Criminal Investigation. CLERT provides help to city and county law enforcement establishments throughout Iowa.

Motor vehicles and mail delivery services transport most of Iowa's marijuana that is imported from the southwest border. During January to June 1, 2007, the Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) helped to seize 10 secret labs. In all of 2006, DPS helped to seize 116 clandestine laboratories. During January to May 1, 2007, 60 clandestine laboratories were seized by local and county agencies in Iowa. In all of 2006, local and county agencies seized 229 clandestine laboratories. In 2006, Federal agencies in Iowa seized 45 kilograms of cocaine.

In 2006, in Iowa, there were 28,044 treatment admissions for drugs or alcohol; in 2005 there were 28,438; and in 2004, there were 28,234.

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