Prisons to Drug Courts: Opting for better life

Prisons to Drug Courts: Opting for better life

Despite umpteen measures, the United States of America’s struggle to control drug overdose deaths continues. Not just deaths, drugs are a major reason behind the rising number of prisoners. During 1993 to 2011, there were 3 million admissions into federal and state prisons for drug offenses. Over the same period, there were 30 million arrests for drug crimes, 24 million of which were for possession.

What is a matter of greater concern is that 80 percent of the offenders in prison abused drugs or alcohol, nearly 50 percent inmates were clinically addicted and almost 60 percent tested positive for drugs at the time of arrest. These statistics are relevant because approximately 60 to 80 percent drug abusers commit a new crime as soon as they are released from prison and the post-incarceration crime is normally drug-driven. Continue reading

Drug cartels profiting from Oklahomans’ opioid addiction

Drug cartels profiting from Oklahomans’ opioid addiction

It is well-known that opioid crisis has hit almost every state in the United States, including Oklahoma. One of the major reasons behind the widespread availability of opioids is increased drug trafficking by drug cartels. Recent reports reveal that Oklahoma ranks first in prescription drug abuse among all states. It also holds the highest number of people aged 12 and above using prescription drugs for non medical reasons. After a spate of confiscation of drug proceeds and illicit drugs in Tulsa, the local police based on its findings stated that the city is getting its all heroin supply from the Mexican cartels that entered the market to fill the demand for narcotics and painkillers. Continue reading