Ohio Addiction Treatment Centers
Columbus is the capital city of Ohio and over 11.4 million people reside in the state right now. A crime rate that is 9% more than the national crime rate average shows the effect that substance abuse and illegal drugs have on the state. For every 100 crimes committed in Ohio 91 of these will be nonviolent property crimes, and many are committed because of addiction and substance abuse. Law enforcement in the state will make an average of 190 arrests every day for drug offenses and it is estimated that 2 residents will die during every 24 hour period from drug related causes and overdoses. The police will also arrest around 145 individuals in the state every day for DUI offenses and around 10 people in the state every day will die from alcohol related causes.
In Ohio methamphetamine use has dropped significantly. This reduction is caused by recent laws regulating the purchase of pseudoephedrine products that are used in manufacturing methamphetamine. This drug is still smuggled into the state from other areas but the discovery of hidden labs in Ohio has dropped significantly since the regulations took effect. Prisons in Ohio hold close to 45,000 prisoners, and almost 223,000 individuals are on probation right now.
Heroin is a big problem in Ohio, and this drug has invaded and devastated many communities across the state. The purity level of the heroin available has increased substantially while the cost of the drug has dropped significantly, making it very popular with younger adults in Ohio. Cocaine is also found in many areas of the state, and is available in both crack form and the powdered version. Ecstasy and other drugs classified as club drugs have seen an increase in use, especially in larger cities and metropolitan areas in the state. Oxycontin and other prescription drugs are often abused and sold illegally on the street.
The drug used most often in Ohio is marijuana. Possessing marijuana in an amount less than 100 grams does not involve any incarceration and is classified as a minor misdemeanor. The fine for this offense is $150. Anyone caught with between 100 grams and 200 grams is guilty of a misdemeanor and can face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of $200. Possessing marijuana in any amount over 200 grams in Ohio is a felony, and the final sentence will depend on the amount of the drug involved. These offenses can include from 1 year in jail to 8 years in prison and fines ranging from $2,500 up to $20,000.