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Illegal Drug Use In Mississippi

Mississippi has approximately 2,858,029 citizens scattered from the coast to Tennessee, then over to Alabama. Included in that number are 7,034 law enforcement officers who work to keep the illegal use and distribution of drugs in check. While cocaine, especially crack, is believed to be the biggest drug threat in Mississippi, methamphetamine abuse and manufacturing is rising. The abuse of pharmaceutical drugs is also growing with OxyContin abuse rising fastest.

Mississippi is ideally suited for transporting drugs, with its interstate highways, deep water and river ports, and air and rail systems. As the “Crossroads of the South” drugs come in from Texas, Mexico and other areas and travel to the Midwest and east. Trafficking patterns show the state’s system of highways is preferred for transporting drugs into and through Mississippi.


Cocaine is widely used and moved throughout the state. It is the largest problem drug in Mississippi.

Cocaine is being trafficked and used by people of all racial and socioeconomic groups in all of Mississippi’s 82 counties. Crack cocaine is still the drug of choice among users and traffickers in the African American population.


Local and state agencies report that heroin use is rare. Although there have been cases where it was confiscated from local dealers who only had small amounts in their possession, most of the state’s heroin seizures come from users.


The manufacture and sale of methamphetamine is the fastest growing drug problem in Mississippi. Almost unheard of ten years ago, it is now nearing epidemic proportions.

Not only has methamphetamine abuse affected law enforcement officials, farmers, and local merchants, drug treatment centers have also been affected by rising admissions. According to drug treatment professionals, methamphetamine abuse was first seen ten years ago with a sizable increase in the past five years.

Originally, methamphetamine use was limited to northern counties in Mississippi; however, several items lead to its spreading throughout the state. Bridges at Greenville, MS; Helena, AR; Coahoma County, MS; and Memphis, TN provide access to Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee, states with huge methamphetamine problems. Manufacturers have also moved into northern Mississippi because of the ample supply of anhydrous ammonia and fewer law enforcement officials.

Club Drugs

Both LSD and ecstasy are being distributed and used in Mississippi nightclubs, at rave parties, and on college campuses. Ecstasy confiscations have increased significantly since 1998. It has become the most popular of the “club” or “designer” drugs in the state.


Illegal prescription drugs are being abused by individuals from all racial and socioeconomic groups. In Mississippi, pharmaceutical abuse is primarily happening at the retail level through forging or altering prescriptions and through doctor shopping. Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, Oxycodone, Percodan, OxyContin, Alivan and Dilaudid are the most abused pharmaceuticals in the state. OxyContin is currently the drug of greatest concern and has resulted in 14 overdoses in recent years.


Marijuana is the most widely abused drug in Mississippi. Large quantities of Mexican marijuana are transported from Texas through Mississippi on Interstates 10, 12, and 55 headed for larger cities in the northeast and southeast. Pick-up trucks, vans, tractor-trailers and buses carry the marijuana in 50, 100 and 200 pound bricks in hidden compartments. Domestic marijuana is available throughout Mississippi in small patches grown in and around dense vegetation and around lakes. Marijuana is trafficked and used by all ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the state, often along with or after the use of other drugs.

Other Mississippi Drug Facts

    • The number of deaths caused by drug overdoses has steadily increased over the last ten years, to 232 in 2011. The highest number of deaths has occurred in the 45 to 54 year old age group with 31 percent of drug related deaths occurring in this age group from 2007 to 2011. The 35 to 44 year old age group accounted for 25 percent and the 25 to 34 year old age group 21 percent of the deaths in this same time frame.
    • In Mississippi, 95% of drug overdose deaths are from the abuse of prescription narcotics.
    • According to the 2006 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services, the number of treatment centers in Mississippi was 112.
    • In Mississippi in 2009, there were 1,244 people admitted to rehabilitation for alcohol dependence and another 1,368 were admitted for addiction to alcohol and with a secondary drug.
    • In 2009, 259 individuals were admitted to treatment for cocaine use.
    • Marijuana is the most often cited drug among primary drug treatment admissions in Mississippi with 1,481 people being admitted into treatment in 2009. The largest age group using marijuana was reported to be 21 to 25 years of age.

The number of meth lab seizure incidents in Mississippi increased 334 percent from 155 incidents in 2007 to 673 incidents in 2009.

Anyone struggling with drug addiction in Mississippi can find the effective treatment they need by contacting our residential treatment facility today to begin their recovery program before it is too late.

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