Miami has a long series of traits marking it as a city rife with drug abuse. Over 1,500 people sleep on the streets of downtown Miami every night, many of whom suffer from drug addiction and mental health problems. Miami-Dade county is home to over 100 drug-dealing gangs. Miami is also a trafficking hub for drug cartels; cocaine, methamphetamine, and other substances come via planes, boats, and even submarines on a regular basis to South Florida.
A high unemployment rate and an always-growing immigrant community also means a steady supply of people turning to drugs and drug dealing to survive. In fact, a recent study by the United Nations Development Programme has shown that not only have South and Latin American gangs' power in-state continued to grow, but that drug gangs in Caribbean nations have also vastly expanded in the last decade. This is partially due to emphasis on patrolling the Mexican border to reduce drug trafficking into the country. Seizures of drugs and drug-related murders have risen dramatically in Jamaica, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, and many of this business earns its profits on the streets of South Florida. It is an unfortunate reality that anytime drug supplies are challenged that drug traffickers are more than willing to move their business to where there is less scrutiny.
Similarly, Miami is also a central battlefield in the fight against pill mills, which are criminal organizations disguised as medical companies and doctor's offices that traffic prescription narcotics such as Oxycodone. In 2010, over 600,000,000 Oxycodone pills were sold in the state of Florida and Miami pain clinics sold their fair share. Federal, state, and local taskforces have recently shut down clinics and arrested many doctors and profiteers, leading to a drop in sales and availability. However, just as drug cartel traffic has moved to Florida from the Mexican border, Georgia and other states have seen increases in prescription drug trafficking as Florida's has fallen. Unfortunately, it is still all-too-common to be able to get a prescription for addictive prescription narcotics for the purpose of abusing and trafficking them.
While state funds for addiction treatment have shrank the last few years in Florida, Miami still boasts a variety of programs in private rehabilitation facilities for drug and alcohol addicts, as well as persons suffering from mental health disorders. My Florida Center for Recovery can direct you to affordable, effective drug and alcohol rehab care in the Miami area. There are a variety of options including inpatient, residential, and outpatient care as well as a variety of traditional and alternative therapies.
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