Information on Drugs, Alcohol and Interventions in Wisconsin
When thinking about an alcohol or drug intervention is Wisconsin, it is helpful to know the predominance of the various drugs and their activities within the state. Known for having over 14,000 lakes, Wisconsin is famous for its football team, the Green Bay Packers. Wisconsin also produces more milk and cheese than any other state. Milwaukee, Wisconsin is famous for its beer breweries. Sadly, Wisconsin has not been able to escape the plague of drug and alcohol addiction that is sweeping the rest of the nation.
The availability, distribution, and abuse of powder and crack cocaine pose the most significant drug threat in the eastern and central areas of Wisconsin. High-purity heroin is becoming more available and the number of heroin abusers is increasing in and around Milwaukee. Marijuana can be found in all areas and is the most commonly abused drug within the state. Methamphetamine production in Iowa and Minnesota has begun to spread into northwestern and southwestern Wisconsin. Drugs are transported at the wholesale level in Wisconsin by three different types of organizations. These organizations include: Mexican drug trafficking organizations which transport cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana; Nigerian criminal groups which distribute Southeast Asian heroin; and Dominican criminal groups which distribute cocaine and South American heroin. Street-level distribution of all drugs, especially crack cocaine, is dominated by African-American and Hispanic street gangs, such as the Gangster Disciples and the Latin Kings. Cocaine and crack cocaine are easy to obtain in Wisconsin. Mexican drug trafficking organizations transport large amounts of cocaine from the Southwest Border through Chicago or to Wisconsin directly. African-American and Hispanic street gangs are responsible for the majority of the crack cocaine that is sold at the retail level in Wisconsin. These organizations are supplies by Mexican drug trafficking organizations, who control the wholesale distribution of cocaine. According to the DEA Madison and the DEA Milwaukee, cocaine is available throughout Wisconsin in multi-kilogram amounts. In Green Bay, cocaine is available in multi-ounce to kilogram quantities.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office records indicate that heroin abuse levels have remained stable for two years now. The Milwaukee and Racine regions are the most popular areas for heroin abuse. Heroin is rising in purity levels. Some heroin has reached purity levels of 95 percent, making it possible for abusers to snort the drug instead of inject it. DEA Milwaukee reports that the most abundant type of heroin is Southeast Asian. Nigerian criminal groups are responsible for trafficking this heroin into the state. Recently, 2.3 kilograms of Southwest Asian heroin was seized, which was the largest amount of heroin ever seized in Wisconsin. Many Nigerian defendants were arrested because of this seizure. Dominican traffickers distribute all of the South American heroin is Wisconsin. Brown heroin is rarely found in the state, and black tar heroin is almost completely unavailable in the Milwaukee area. In rare cases, methamphetamine is smuggled into Wisconsin by Mexican sources.
According to DEA Milwaukee, methamphetamine abuse and distribution has remained at a steady level. Methamphetamine available on a limited basis in the Green Bay area, and what is available is locally produced in clandestine laboratories. However, 37 pounds of methamphetamine were seized recently, revealing a few individuals who were trying to create a methamphetamine market in Green Bay. DEA Madison reports that methamphetamine, brought into the state from Minneapolis, is readily available in ounce quantities in northwestern Wisconsin.
Drug or Alcohol Interventions in Wisconsin
It is very common for someone seeking an interventionist to want to limit themselves to choosing an interventionist in Wisconsin. Even though a Wisconsin interventionist may seem close and convenient, and will probably save you on the cost of a flight, it is probably not the most effective choice. Consider that Intervention Services is the largest intervention service provide in North America, delivering 6-10 successful interventions per week. A Wisconsin therapist who has worked with drug and alcohol addicts is not necessarily and expert in the field of alcohol and drug interventions. Call now to speak to one of our qualified substance abuse counselors and interventionist specialists and understand the difference.