The U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has issued a report called the National Drug Threat Assessment Summary. This report states that use of heroin and methamphetamines is on the rise in the United States.
According to the L. A. Times, “… the amount of heroin seized at the southern U.S. border increased 232% between 2008 and 2012 – apparently the result of greater Mexican heroin production and a growing incursion by Mexican traffickers into U.S. markets. It notes that the U.S. is experiencing a ‘sizable increase’ in the number of new heroin users.
“Methamphetamine seizures at the Mexican border, meanwhile, increased fivefold in the same time period, although the report notes that U.S. demand and abuse data for meth appeared to remain stable.”
The DEA summary also states that prescription drug and marijuana use continue to climb as well.