DEA releases 2013 Drug Threat Assessment Summary


On Monday, November 18, 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration released the 2013 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary.  This report assesses the threat posed to the U.S. by drug trafficking and abuse of illicit substances, as well as the abuse of pharmaceutical medication, especially those that are controlled substances.  This report is based on data from 2012 and is one of the most comprehensive reports on both quantitative and qualitative aspects of the drug problem and threat.

The report showed the following:

  • Trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs constitutes a “dynamic and challenging” threat to the United States.
  • Prescription drug abuse continues to the the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S. and remains at a higher rate than any illicit drug excepting marijuana. Opiate painkillers are the most abused drug in the this category and are most commonly involved in overdose incidences.
  • Heroin continues to be on the raise with most coming from Mexico. Many prescription drug abuser move to heroin because of easier access and the expectation of a better drug “high”.
  • Cocaine continues to decrease in the U.S and has been doing so since 2007.
  • Crystal meth and methamphetamine generally are still a problem with increased availability from Mexico.
  • Marijuana availability appears to be increasing because of sustained high levels of production in Mexico
  • K2 and Spice are synthetic drugs along with “bath Salts” and all are increasing over the past few years.
  • Ecstasy is available in markets throughout the United States.

This information comes from the following article and can be read in its complete form at:

Drugs in the Workplace:

Some of the staggering facts about the cost of substance abuse in America. Did you know that:

  • Substance abuse costs the American economy more than $100 billion every year?
  • Substance abuse causes employers to incur a 300 percent increase in medical costs and benefits?

There are many more stats that can easily overwhelm the reader, but leave it to say that drugs, including alcohol, in the workplace is another important reason why the US economy is having such a difficult time recoverying from this recession. If you would like to do something about the problem in your workplace or a business that you run or own, call the experts at at 1-888-781-7060.