Drug enforcement administration releases new summary
POSTED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 6:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 6:50pm
TYLER, TX (KETK) — The DEA. released their second annual National Drug Threat Assessment for 2013.
Compared to last year, there is a new set of drugs on the rise.
The fastest growing threat is abuse of prescription drugs.
K-E-T-K spoke with Dan Salter from the Dallas DEA. who says, "There's more treatment in emergency rooms for people that have overdosed problems on prescription drug abuse than there are people who are treating or treated for car wrecks".
Painkillers like Vicodin or Oxycodon are fine when prescribed by a doctor, but can lead to addiction.
Salter says when the prescription runs out, individuals may turn to cheaper and more easily accessible alternatives... like Meth and Heroin.
Salter believes, "If she can't buy them or get them from the doctor, she'll get them illicitly".
Meth and Heroine are the drugs most prevalent in East Texas.
Salter understands, "We have a number of partners from our local state and federal agencies that are aware this is an issue".
Also on the increase are synthetic drugs. These are legal products on store shelves that have the same effect as illegal drugs, like bath salts.
Salter says he does have a plan, "Chemists test it and recognize that this stuff is like a dangerous drug and ultimately it will be illegal".
If you know of any illegal activity, the DEA. urges you to call the anonymous hotline at 972-929-7809, or visit www.texomahidta.org.