Louisiana Drug Rehab
For help finding a quality rehabilitation center please call 1-877-744-3536
The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, 3,000 miles of canal extending along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts in the southern and eastern U.S., gives New Orleans direct access westward to points in Louisiana and Texas, as far as the Mexican border and eastward through natural and artificial channels to Florida. In addition, there are three deepwater ports located in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and New Orleans. Each year up to 100,000 barges move in and out of the New Orleans port, the Nation’s second largest port in exports. All of this together make drug running easy for the smugglers and difficult for the authorities’. Law enforcement reporting indicates that, in some areas, methamphetamine is replacing crack cocaine as the primary drug threat due to its availability, low cost and long lasting effects.
Though most drugs are either declining or holding steady in their abuse or distribution, "Club Drug" abuse and distribution among teenagers and young adults is on the rise in Louisiana. Most of the methamphetamine available in Louisiana is produced in Mexico and the southwestern states and is transported into Louisiana via Mexican dealers. Heroin abuse in Louisiana, especially New Orleans, is historically cyclical. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Domestic Monitoring Program, South American heroin is the most common type available.
Trade between the United States and Latin America is expected to flourish over the next two decades. Studies are underway to build bigger and better port facilities to meet future needs. Port authorities hope to increase their share of the container traffic from the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the improvements, thus creating an increased drug threat to this area.
For help with drug and alcohol addiction in Louisiana call 1-877-744-3536
|Office for Addictive Disorders
Department of Health and Hospitals
628 North 4th Street
P.O. Box 2790
Baton Rouge LA 70821-2790