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Dallas Demongraphics:

The City of Dallas is the third-largest city in the state of Texas and the ninth-largest city in the United States. The city covers 385 square miles and is the county seat of Dallas County. As of July 1, 2006, U.S. Census estimates put Dallas at a population of 1,232,940. The city is the main cultural and economic center of the 12-county Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area—at 6 million people, it is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Dallas was founded in 1841 and formally incorporated as a city on 2 February 1856. The city is well known for its role in the petroleum industry, telecommunications, computer technology, banking, and transportation. It is the core of the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States.

Population (2005 American Community Survey): 1,144,9461
Race/Ethnicity (2005 American Community Survey): 56.9% white; 23.7%
black/African American; 0.5% American Indian/Alaska Native; 2.8% Asian; 0.0%
Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander; 15.0% some other race; 1.2% two or more
races; 42.1% Hispanic/Latino (of any race)2
The city of Dallas is located in Collin, Dallas, and Denton counties.

Dallas, Texas has been known, for years, as a conservative Christian-based community with traditional conservative values, but all of these types of cities in the US have lost that identity and, today, Dallas still has areas where it holds onto those traditional values, but many parts of the metorplex have drugs in ample availability. It should also be kept in mind that alcohol is the number one drug problem in America and Dallas is no exception.

If you are looking for an alcohol or drug treatment or a residential drug rehab center in the Dallas, texas area, it is easiest if you call our licensed alcohol and drug rehab counselors to express your specific needs since there are more alcohol and drug rehab centers in Dallas, Texas than we can list on this site.>

However, it should be kept in mind that anyone living in the Dallas/ Fort Worth metroplex area may have better drug rehab outcomes if they are at least two to three hours away from Dallas. It has been shown that geographical relocation is a benefit to making a patient more at ease and able to recall and share their problems, which will lead to a drug free life and end all of the physical and emotional trauma that goes with addiction. Our licensed alcohol and drug counselors will be able to help you decide which is best.

For the past five years, there has been a upward trend of prescription drugs that are stolen from pharmacies in Dallas. In one hospital system, in particular, pharmacy lost over 370,000 hydrocodone pill within 9 months. Hydrocodone, the opiate and active ingredient in Norco and other narcotic-based analygesics are easily and profitably sold on the streets. From this one hospital, it was estimated that the missing hydrocodone had a street value of about $1 million. This hospital system found the pharmacist and techs that were diverting these drugs, but this is just one hospital. It is easy to extrapolate the huge amount of drugs that hit the streets of Dallas any given day.

In interviewing drug addicts from the Dallas metro area, one finds that they all report that getting illicit drugs is never something that has slowed down their use or abuse. Getting these drugs isn't a problem if you can get the money to pay for them.

• If you are looking for an Alcohol and Drug Assessment in Dallas, Evaluations or Counseling, our licensed counselors at Dallas Rehab Professionals on Preston Rd., Dallas, Texas can arrange for a private sessions.

• Any family members or loved ones dealing with alcohol and drug addiction in Dallas/Fort Worth area that would like to attend drug and alcohol education classes presented on a variety of subjects, including how to do family interventions to get loved ones to confront their addiction and find effective drug treatment, should call 888-781-7060 and sign up for day or evening classes in North Dallas, Texas. Private sessions are also available.

October 21, 2010: As many as 300 members of a violent drug cartel are behind bars after a series of coordinated nationwide arrest.

Drug Enforcement Agency agents and local law enforcement in cities all over the country, including several in North Texas, arrested the gang members.

Court documents show a federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted 90 people from North Texas alone.

The raids targeted members of the La Familia drug cartel and other drug smugglers.

Texas Drug Rehabs commends the DEA and our authorities for their fearless and heroic work in capturing these criminals that pray on our innocent and not-so-innocent citizens. Their drug sales are keeping our neighbors addicted and living lives of desperation.

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McKinney school board approves random drug testing (This Article was written in May of 2009...speaking about the upcoming school year.)

No matter if you run pass routes, tote a tuba or anchor the debate team, if you're a McKinney public school student you may be tested for drugs next school year.

Trustees of McKinney ISD voted Monday night to begin random drug testing of students from seventh through 12th grades who participate in extracurricular activities.

Students involved in school sports, music, drama – even student council – must first have a parent sign a form allowing the drug testing.

"We want to help the kids more than punish them," said Superintendent Tom Crowe, noting that a handful of North Texas school systems already do random drug testing. Crowe said testing will allow McKinney school officials to identify and get help early for students with substance-abuse problems.

He also said testing will deter drug use, giving students a ready excuse for refusing to succumb to peer pressure.McKinney does not have a special problem with drugs, Crowe said, and may have less of one than some systems. But he still favors testing.

"If you've got alcohol and drugs in your community, you've got them in schools," he said.

The McKinney program will reach into middle schools as well as high schools. Though the board was unanimous for drug testing, some members questioned testing as low as middle school. But Crowe and other officials said drug use often begins there.

Parents had differing views of the board's decision.

"I guess my first reaction is, that's ridiculous," said Lisa Falvo, who has a son in the seventh grade. "But I'm not naïve either. There are kids doing drugs. If the parents aren't taking the initiative to find out, I guess I wouldn't be opposed to the school doing it."

Kathryn Burke, whose son is a junior at McKinney High, generally supports drug testing.

"We have random drug testing at my job," said Burke, a flight attendant. "Drugs can be such a scary thing. If kids can be helped early, it's a good thing. I don't think it's too intrusive. I know we have children with drug and alcohol problems.

Her son, Robert Burke, agrees with the need for drug testing.

"I would be for it because I know some of the sports guys like to get away with smoking weed or other things like that," he said. "They get away with it because their sport doesn't do random drug testing. I'm sure there aren't that many problems, but there are maybe a handful of cases out there."

This article was reprinted from an article by: By SAM HODGES and ED HOUSEWRIGHT / The Dallas Morning News

More on School Drug Testing

According to a Dallas Morning News article posted on the Internet on May 20th 2009, trustees of the McKinney school board approved random drug testing for student from 7th through 12th grades who participate in extracurricular activities. This includes any activities, such as sports, music and also the student council.

There are several other schools in north Texas that had already implemented the random drug testing and it is being done in accordance to a law passed in 2002 by the US Supreme Court that allows for drug testing of students that are involved in extra curricular activities. The plan, according to the article is to randomly drug test the students and if they test positive, suspend them from the activity that they are involved in and refer them to a substance abuse program. The school superintendent of the McKinney school, they are using the law to the max. Some schools only test the students who are enrolled inn athletic activities. Parents for the most part, are supportive of the initiative though some believe that students in 7th grades are too young to be tested.

Being a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and having manned hot lines for people needing help with substance abuse, I can testify that students do start using drugs as early as 7th grade and it is not uncommon to hear that was the age an individual started using drugs when they seek treatment maybe many years later.

The article form the Dallas Morning News does not mention whether McKinney School or any other schools that have implemented the drug testing policy also are strengthening their drug education and prevention efforts. It would be very important to do so at the same time, so that the kids are not only deterred from doing drugs because they are afraid of getting caught, but also have an understanding of why they should not do drugs. Drugs have become so prevalent in our schools that children and youth truly have confusions about whether it really is bad. Especially all the propaganda about marijuana not being so bad has, in my opinion, a very negative effect on our youth.

Anything that will help keep our kids ff of drugs should be done as drugs (as well as alcohol) is ruining too many of our youth and they never get a fair chance of making it because their minds are dulled by drugs at very young ages.

My hat off to these schools in Texas that are doing random drug testing. I am hopeful that they also have effective drug prevention and education activities as well as effective help for those who do get caught with a positive test. One could fear that some of these kids are being put on other drugs, such as anti-depressants, Ritalin and Adderol. In my many years as a professional in this field, I have not found these medications to be effective. Help to solve life problems, as well as natural substances to counter withdrawals is much better as it does not land the kid on another mind altering drug.

Drug Enforcement in Dallas, Texas

On October 21, 2009, as many as 300 members of a violent drug cartel are behind bars after a series of coordinated nationwide busts Wednesday.

Drug Enforcement Agency agents and local law enforcement in cities all over the country, including several in North Texas, arrested the gang members. Dozens were also arrested in Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Court documents show a federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted 90 people from North Texas alone. About 30 of them appeared before a federal judge Wednesday, with others expected later in October, 2009.Sources tell TV Channel 11 that some of those indicted in Dallas are members of the violent gang, but all of those targeted got their drugs from the group.

"We're told the top defendant among those indicted in Dallas is Miguel Beraza-Villa, known as "La Troca. Troca" is Spanglish for "truck."

Beraza-Villa is one of 34 people arrested in Mexico in August as part of a drug sweep there. Sources say he will be brought to Dallas to face charges. Sources say La Familia smuggled methamphetamine and cocaine from Michoacan, Mexico to the United States. Beraza-Villa said to have led a team of 40 people who smuggled two or three shipments of drugs to the U.S. each week.

Court documents unsealed in Dallas Wednesday say the gang used some North Texas homes as stash houses and wired or delivered cash to Mexico.

People who live in one Dallas neighborhood where a raid took place Wednesday morning say federal agents and local police swarmed a house there.

"SWAT surrounded the house," said Joy Cisco. "They had a swat truck in a front, drug dogs sniffing, just cops everywhere."

The people indicted in Dallas face charges like drug distribution and money laundering.

Texas Drug Rehabs Dallas Office thanks law enforcement for doing their part in addressing the drug problem in Dallas/Fort Worth area.

365 Drug Abuse Deaths in Dallas Area in 2001

There were 365 drug abuse-related deaths in Dallas and five surrounding counties in 2001, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced today. The data is from a new report, Mortality Data From the Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2001 (DAWN), which tracks deaths associated with drug abuse in a number of cities.

The data shows that cocaine was mentioned in 185 of the fatalities, while alcohol-in-combination with at least one other drug was noted in 138. There were 115 mentions of narcotic pain medications associated with the deaths. Since many fatalities are due to multi-drug use, there can often be more drug mentions than deaths. Data from Dallas County and the counties of Collin, Denton, Ellis, and Kaufman were also included.

"One life lost to drugs is one too many. Effective prevention and treatment programs are key to helping reduce the needless loss of life that results from abuse of drugs," said SAMHSA Administrator Charles G. Curie. "We are working with states and local drug treatment providers to build treatment capacity and to implement the most effective treatment services available."

Drug abuse deaths in Dallas increased from 320 in 2000 to 365 in 2001, but were still below the 379 reached in 1997. DAWN data represents the deaths related to drug abuse in 94 percent of the area's population.

The DAWN mortality data involve deaths that are drug-induced -- one or more of the drugs directly caused the death -- or drug-related -- drug abuse was a contributing factor in the death. DAWN counts decedents who used the substance due to dependence, to achieve psychic effects or to commit suicide. It does not count drug abuse unrelated to the death, such as a past history of drug abuse but none used at the time of death. DAWN also does not track accidental ingestion or inhalation or adverse reactions to medications.

Participation in DAWN is voluntary and jurisdictions that do not provide sufficient data are not listed. DAWN counts of drug abuse deaths therefore do not represent national data. The full tables are available online at Click on statistics and data.

SAMHSA, a public health agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States.

CHEESE in Dallas...What is "Cheese". Children as young as 11 are getting hooked on a new mix of heroin and Tylenol PM that they are snorting in the Dallas, Texas area. Obviously, this can be a lethal formula as witnessed by the death of an 18 year old Dallas gril in May, 2006. In the Dallas area, the heroin comes from Mexico and falls into the hands of teenager and preteens on school grounds.

According to the Wikepedia dictionary, the drug Cheese first caught the attention between 2005 and 2007 when there were several death among adolescents in the Dallas Forthworth Metroplex.

Cheese is a heroin-based recreational drug. It is made by a combination of drugs, made by combining heroin with crushed tablets of some over-the-counter medications such as Tylanol PM. Some cold medications contain acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylanol and the antihistamine diphehydramine, the active ingredient in Benadryl. Cheese samples that were found in north Dallas contained between 2% and 8% heroin in contract to the 30% normally found in heroin sold in the street. Cheese is most often snorted rather than injected. The same mixture is also sometimes referred to as "Tylanol with Smack".

When this drug first appeared in Dallas, the Police dubbed it "Starter heroin." According to the Wikepedia article, this drug was distributed to a younger population and treatment centers started seeing kids as young as 11, 12 and 13 in treatment for the drug Cheese. The police have been very active is trying to track down and bring to court the distributors, but there were still many youth that got affected by this.

Despite its "watered down" version of heroin, heroin does remain the addictive substance and youth who take the drugs will feel withdrawal symptoms 6 to 24 hours after the last dose. It is not known if these withdrawal symptoms are as strong as addicts withdrawing from heroin but the fact that these young people have reported themselves to drug rehab and drug treatment is an indicator that the drug definitely causes an addiction and it seems that the drug dealers of this drug are targeting a very young population and trying to make addicts of our youth so that they will be customers in the future.

It is very sad that our schools are not safer than they are from predators like drug dealers. Often the dealers will get a kid addicted with "free" drugs and then make that kid their sales person on school grounds. Having their sales person addicted assures them that he or she will sell so they can keep getting their own drug. What a start to life for an 11 year old.

As parents, it is vital that we stay really alert to what our children and youth are doing and take notice of any change in behavior and attitude. Children and youth who have a very strong bond with their parents have a better chance, in my opinion, because they are more likely to tell their parents the truth and thus be able to be helped. Childen and youth who do not have such bond may feel that they have no one they can talk to about the problem and that if they do talk they will be in a whole lot of trouble. Addiction is such a trap for youth. They know they will be in trouble if they speak. Yet, if they do not, they can be trapped by their dealers and their friends to a point where they see no way out and they end up really addicted and throwing their youth away. We can do something about this together. Make it safe for your kids to talk to you and watch out for changes in their behavior so that they can get help soonest.

Drug Cartels Coming Home to Dallas?

This is taken from an ariticle from the Dallas Morning News of Jan. 10 2010... not very upbeat, but probably real.. a Call To Action:

Distribution Influx Means Drug Houses Could Be Next Door

No one would have wanted Balmer Valencia Bernabe for a neighbor if they had known how he earned a living. And no one did know until 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 21.

Ovella Thompson awakened that Wednesday morning to the sound of federal agents breaking down the door at a creme-colored brick home across the street. Their search warrant alleged that Bernabe, an illegal Mexican immigrant, used the Garland "stash house" near Lake Ray Hubbard to store methamphetamine, vehicles, cash and ledgers documenting his business dealings.

Twenty miles away, at approximately the same minute, a young father named Rafael awakened in his Love Field-area home and pulled back the curtains to watch federal agents bust into a house across the street and arrest Bernabe. "You could hear the cops screaming," recalled Rafael, who asked that his last name not be used. "Who could have known? He and his wife have kids. He looked like a normal guy."

Bernabe, at age 34, is anything but a normal guy.

Although he has pleaded not guilty to drug charges, federal investigators say he exemplifies how Mexican drug cartels have extended their operations to the retail level in the United States.

Once upon a time, the cartels were content to stay in Mexico and wholesale their drugs to Americans willing to smuggle them across the border to reap huge profits on the streets of large U.S. cities.

Now, the cartels are vertically integrating their "companies" in much the same way oil companies expanded from drilling to refining to selling gasoline on street corners early in the 20th century.

"Dallas is a hub for drugs just like American Airlines uses Dallas as its hub for air travel," said Phil Jordan, a retired agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Texas.

When he was arrested in October, Bernabe had been living in the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood just west of Love Field since August 2005. He had been deported as an illegal immigrant and had re-entered the U.S. illegally.

Court records say he often traveled between the U.S. and Mexico. Federal agents identified him as one of five Dallas-area cell leaders for La Familia, an organized-crime group based in Michoacan, Mexico.

La Familia specializes in manufacturing and selling methamphetamine, a powerful, addictive stimulant known as "ice." Prolonged use can result in brain damage, heart failure, kidney failure, liver damage and vitamin deficiencies that cause skin disease, bone weakness and tooth loss.

Meth can be so exhilarating that users will engage in risky sexual behavior. Historically, the drug has played a role in promoting the HIV epidemic, according to public health experts.

"Meth is a horrible drug," said Dr. John Carlo, medical director at the Dallas County health department.

Posing As 'Normal Guy'

No one knows how many hundreds of pounds of meth Bernabe might have moved through North Texas during the last 41/2 years. And no one knows how many drug dealers Mexican cartels have dispatched to Dallas to pose as a "normal guy" in the neighborhood.

Bernabe lived in a modest wood-frame rent house - valued at $66,000 on the tax rolls - with his wife, Dominga, and their four children. Of course, he could have afforded something much nicer. But the Love Field neighborhood that runs along the western edge of the airport was a perfect place to hide in plain sight.

Police and Love Field-area community leaders estimate that a third of neighborhood residents, like Bernabe, are in the U.S. illegally. They speak only Spanish, which is accepted in the neighborhood. Roosters run free in some yards. Outdoor statues of the Virgin Mary are common. The ever-present roar of jetliners landing and taking off can be deafening.

Federal authorities have charged Bernabe with meth distribution and money laundering. They consider him a flight risk and are holding him in jail without bail. But his wife and children still live in the house on Cortland Avenue a couple of blocks south of a Catholic church and an elementary school.

Agents say Bernabe is not the kind of drug dealer who sold dime bags out of his house.

La Familia manufactures meth in remote laboratories scattered around the state of Michoacan in central Mexico. Bernabe grew up in a rural area around Apatzingan, a city of 100,000 people in Michoacan.

Apatzingan is well-known to drug enforcement agents as a hotbed of drug-dealing activity and a home base of La Familia. Television reports of gunfights between warring cartel factions and between the cartel and police in Apatzingan shocked the nation in 2009. One video showed schoolchildren scrambling under their desks to avoid gunfire.

Authorities believe most of the Michoacan meth arrives in the U.S. hidden in 18-wheelers carrying fruits, vegetables and other products from Mexico.

Bernabe never touched the drugs or kept them at his Love Field house. He used cellphones to direct his operation, ordering subordinates to pick up large quantities ( often a pound or more of meth ), deliver them to a buyer, collect the cash and then make arrangements to ship the cash back to Mexico, authorities say.

In one case, drug agents allege that a female courier working for Bernabe boarded a bus bound for Michoacan with $157,000 in cash. In another case, drug agents reported finding $107,000 in cash welded into the gas tank of a blue Ford Yukon bound for Mexico.

During a three-year investigation, agents followed Bernabe everywhere he went and electronically monitored his phone calls. They followed him and his family to church at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas. They watched him and his wife - usually driving a 2006 black Chrysler 300 - drop off the kids at Obadiah Knight Elementary School and T.J. Rusk Middle School.

When he played volleyball with friends or visited Lone Star Park for the horse races, agents were there and listening to his phone calls, which were always conducted in Spanish. He never worked a regular job. Investigators identified and arrested 15 subordinates who they say worked for him.

Drug trafficking experts characterize La Familia as a violent organization, but Bernabe was not known to carry a firearm and none was found in his house or in his vehicles when he was arrested, according to court records. No one saw him drink to excess or use drugs.

"My father isn't just a good father; he's a very good father," said Bernabe's 13-year-old son, the eldest child. "I miss him. I really miss him."

He said his mother tries to comfort him and his younger siblings. "She says God and the Virgin will send him back," the son said.

His mother has told him that she is looking for a job now that Bernabe is gone. Although they can't be sure, federal agents suspect she and the family are living on drug money stashed in a secret hiding place.

Bernabe faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. He has retained the services of Wichita Falls lawyer Robert Estrada, which means he and his family and friends have access to thousands of dollars to pay legal fees. Otherwise, he would have pleaded poverty and relied upon a court-appointed lawyer.

Estrada went to visit Bernabe recently at a federal lock-up in Mansfield.

"I think he's scared, which is only natural," Estrada said. "What I can tell you in his favor is that he is a good father and a good husband."

House No One Lived In

Bernabe, who never completed high school in Mexico, wasn't very good at escaping the notice of federal drug agents. But he tried.

Investigators describe him as unsophisticated and lacking knowledge of U.S. conspiracy laws. He thought he couldn't be busted if he never touched the drugs and simply directed the actions of his subordinates in La Familia.

In 2008, he bought a typical suburban home - three bedrooms, two baths and an attached two-car garage - on Overglen Drive in Garland. He paid $108,000 in cash for the house but persuaded the seller to keep the property in his name, according to court records. He thought he could stay off the drug enforcement radar screen if he kept his name off property records.

Bernabe also gave people cash to buy cars and trucks to use in his drug-dealing operations, drug agents allege. His name never showed up as owner of several vehicles now in the possession of the DEA.

Bernabe's closest neighbors on Overglen included a preacher and his wife, a disabled man battling cancer and a cable company technician. None of them knew that no one actually lived at the house.

Before Bernabe bought the house, a 6-foot-tall chain link fence enclosed the back yard. Later, neighbors thought it strange when a 6-foot-tall wood privacy fence popped up just inside the chain link fence. It looked weird.

Bernabe also put up a padlocked gate across his driveway in the alley. Several signs announced Brinks Home Security as the property's protector. A birdhouse hangs from a tree limb in the front yard.

No one was home when federal agents and Garland police raided the house. Agents confiscated a cellphone, a plastic bag containing "a white powdery substance" and bags of documents and paperwork. The federal government now claims ownership of the house under forfeiture laws designed to take property that drug dealers use for criminal purposes.

More than two months after the raid, some neighbors still were not aware of what had happened at Bernabe's house.

Nancy Morgan went to work and came home every day with no knowledge that the house three doors down was "a stash house" and not really anyone's home.

"It really is shocking not to even know," she said after a reporter told her the story. "It almost makes you want to pack up and leave."

Ovella Thompson, who is 71 and retired, lives across the street from the Bernabe house. She prefers to put a positive spin on why a drug dealer chose to corrupt her neighborhood.

"This is a quiet neighborhood," she said. "I believe he chose this street because it's safe and well-kept and pleasant - a place police would never look."

Cheese,' Not Meth

Grauwyler Park, a library and a recreation center anchor the neighborhood west of Love Field. Because children and teens congregate there, drug dealers have plagued the park.

Wilma Avalos, a community activist and homeowner, said her neighborhood is the kind of place where a drug dealer might meet children getting off a school bus in the afternoon. And it's the kind of place that reveres Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the neighborhood's big Catholic church.

For several years, Avalos and police officers who patrol the area have focused on stopping the distribution of "cheese," a form of heroin. Meth really hasn't popped up as a problem in their neighborhood. They hadn't heard about the October arrest of Balmer Bernabe on Cortland.

"We have to keep our ears and eyes open and I'm glad this one is gone," Avalos said when told about Bernabe's arrest.

Steve Fuentes, a Dallas police officer who spent almost two decades working in the neighborhood, said he understands why Bernabe chose to live on Cortland, a lightly traveled dead-end street lined with modest homes, many with neatly tended lawns.

"Sounds like he was doing the devil's work," Fuentes said. "So, he avoids notice in a quiet neighborhood in the center of the city and close to things like the Mexican grocery stores over on Harry Hines. And he doesn't deal out of his house."

Still, the question persists: How many Balmer Bernabes are dealing large amounts of recreational Mexican poison in the Dallas area?

"Who knows?" Fuentes said. "How many Tiger Woodses are out there on the pro golf tour?"

Cocaine in Dallas is readily available with the largest quantities available in metropolitan areas. Crack is readily available in Dallas's inner cities and in some smaller communities. Mexican black tar heroin is also readily available in Dallas's metropolitan areas. A gram of powder cocaine sells for $50-$80 and an ounce of powder cocaine sells for $600-$950 in Dallas. Throughout the Dallas metropolitan area, crack cocaine remains popular and easily attainable. An ounce of crack cocaine sells for $700-$1,100 in Dallas.

Marijuana in Dallas remains readily available and is considered the most widely used illegal drug. Mexican Marijuana is readily available in the Dallas area, although there are continuing seizures of domestically grown marijuana. High quality sinsemilla sells for $900–$1,200 a pound in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Canadian "BC Bud" sells for $2,900-$3,100 in Dallas. Commercial grade marijuana sells for $350-$800 per pound.

Crystal methamphetamine in Dallas or ice, has dominated street level sales. The demand and availability of this form of meht has continued to increase with no signs of leveling off. With less complex methods of production, the proliferation of clandestine laboratories and the increase of production of methamphetamine have become problems in Dallas. During 2003, a total of 45 methamphetamine labs were discovered in Dallas. Authorities found 21 children on the scene of the 45 working meth labs. Recent intelligence and seizure analysis indicates an increased availability of high purity methamphetamine in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. An ounce of domestic methamphetamine sells for $600-$800, an ounce of Mexican methamphetamine sells for $400 and an ounce of ice sells for $1,400 in Dallas.

Today's biggest news story on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Web-site is convictions in a case of a methamphetamine drug ring. This drug ring, according to the article, operated in Forth Worth close to Dallas since 2005. There were 19 convictions with sentences ranging from 480m month to 42 months.

It is estimated that this drug conspiracy is responsible for the sale of $5 million worth of methamphetamines. What the article does not mention is what these $5 million represent in form of ruined lives and deaths as well as medical and treatment expenses. How do you put a value on the life of a young college student who gets addicted to methamphetamines instead of finishing his college degree and pursue his dreams.

The drug methamphetamine can put a stop to someone's life very fast. Very successful people and youth turn to addicts who care nothing about anything in the lives except getting the next hit. It is comforting to know that a big drug ruing that so close to Dallas is now behind bars. However, having worked in this field for a long time, I also know that this is a drop in the ocean and there are still plenty of dealers out there, marketing to our kids and youth to make them customers of their illegal and destructive business. One could hope that the sentences could have some effect on repairing the lives of those that are now ruined and in need of drug rehab and treatment.

The article mentions that many of those convicted had to turn over personal property including cars, firearms, cash, cars and trucks. Where does that money go? It would make sense to use it to make effective drugs rehab and treatment available to more people. There are way too few treatment beds, in my opinion, and those that do exist often are not effective. Effective treatment such as biophysical programs is not inexpensive but it is long term and effective in completely putting someone's life back together and making the addict able to end the addiction for good.

The advice that I have for someone who does have a family member that has become addicted to this drug is to seek effective treatment as soon as possible. You may hear that an addict has to hit rock bottom before drug rehab is effective. This is not always the case and sometimes rock bottom is death or incurable physical effects from overdoses . Methamphetamines, as mentioned, can take a person down very fast, so therefore the sooner the addiction can be stopped the easier it is to bring the person back to a completely normal and productive life.

It may be tough to find a treatment program in Dallas that fits. It is also a fact that it is better to have someone send away for treatment so that they are not near their drug dealers and friends whose only common reality is drugs.

Again, great that these criminals were caught and brought to justice. Now lets also pick up the individuals whose lives have been affected and get them HELP!

Club Drugs- MDMA (Ecstasy) in Dallas is readily available and abused and poses a considerable drug threat to the state. GHB and its analogs pose a low but increasing threat to Dallas. Some Dallas detectives believe MDMA is replacing cocaine among younger users. The abuse of ecstasy among 18 to 24 year old African Americans in the greater Dallas area appears to be on the rise. Single dosage units of ecstasy sell for $12–$20 in Dallas. The price of GHB has increased from $100–$200 per gallon in 2005 to $500–$1,600 per gallon in 2006 and a dose of GHB costs $20. A dosage unit of LSD sells for $1–$10 and PCP sells for $375–$450 per ounce, $25 per cigarette, and $10 for a piece of a "sherm" stick in Dallas. (A sherm stick is a cigarette (joint or blunt) that has been immersed in a solution of phencyclidine (PCP)).

Diverted pharmaceuticals pose an increasing threat to Dallas and throughout the country. The most commonly abused pharmaceuticals include hydrocodone, benzodiazepine, oxycodone, diazepam, steroids, and codeine.

Prescription Drugs on the Streets in Dallas

According to several news articles of April 11, there is a large volume of prescription drugs that are missing from pharmacies in Dallas. In one hospital system's pharmacy about 370,000 hydrocodone pills went missing over a 9 months period. Hydrocodone is an opiate based painkiller that has high street value. It was estimated that the missing pills had a street value of about $1 million.

Many pills of the drug called diazepam were also missing. Diazapam is also know as valium and is another drug that has high value in the street.

The pharmacists and techs responsible for selling these drugs to drug dealers are now being prosecuted legally and one pharmacist was fired. The question is how many other pharmacies have loose control. I thought previously that these prescription drugs available in the street were acquired through burglaries and dealers stealing, or that they would be 'doctor shopping, get pills prescribed and then go sell them. These news articles from Dallas Morning news gave a new spin on this problem. If we have our pharmacists and personnel working in pharmacies contributing to these drugs being available in the street and it can go on for 9 months before being discovered, there is a weakness in the system.

It is too bad that these otherwise legal drugs so easily become available to addicts on the street and in homes in Dallas. Drug Rehab programs report that the problem with prescription drugs is escalating fast and becoming a bigger and bigger problem. Many people now seek treatment solely because of addiction to prescription drugs. It is a common scenario that someone is prescribed opiate based painkillers, become addicted and then when the doctor will not prescribe them anymore they turn to the street drugs.

370,000 hydrocodone can create many addicts and feed the habits of many addicts for a long time. The fact of these drugs being so easily available, may be a cause of addicts not seeking treatment. An addict often will not seek treatment until there is no way to get the drugs or the resources to get the drug has run out. It is the ruined lives and families that is the cost of these prescription drugs being on the street. It used to be that you would have to be on an illegal street drug if you were going to use drugs illegally. Now many can simply get prescription drugs and may have the idea that the drugs are not so bad for them because after all they are "legal" drugs produced by what is considered by some prestigious drug companies. Some people may ask themselves "how bad can that be?"

My advice for an individual is be extremely careful of what you let your doctor prescribe you as some of the painkillers are extremely addictive.

A drug rehab that addresses the individual through a biophysical approach is the most successful method. Our philosophy is to refer you to the best drug rehab center possible that will completely handle the problem. We will refer you to drug rehab centers that don't use drugs in any way.

Detox Centers in the Dallas Area

Green Oaks at Medical City Dallas

7808 Clodus Fields Drive
Dallas, Texas 75251

Metro Treatment of Texas LP Dallas County Treatment Center

123 East Colorado Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75203

North Texas Healthcare System

4500 South Lancaster Road
Dallas, Texas 75216

Homeward Bound Trinity Recovery Center

233 West 10th Street
Dallas, Texas 75208

Murray Hill Recovery

8222 Douglas Avenue Suite 390
Dallas, Texas 75225

Solace Counseling

1475 Prudential Drive
Dallas, Texas 75235

Baylor All Saints Medical Center

1400 8th Avenue
Fort, Worth, Texas

Brentwood Treatment Services

4801 Brebtwood Stair Road Suite 404
Fort, Worth, Texas