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Illicit Drugs


(1) The most commonly used illicit drug in CT is marijuana, with usage increasing in recent years. Illicit use of pain relievers is next most common. 

(2) "Polypharmacy"--the use of multiple drugs, usually including alcohol, at one time--is particularly dangerous. 92% overdose deaths in Southwest CT involved multiple drugs.

(3) Cocaine use remains flat at about 2% of the population. 

(4) Our region is in a "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" (HIDTA) due to drug corridors. 

Check out our 2019 regional profiles on illicit drugs, heroin, cocaine, and marijuana in Southwest CT. And visit the HIDTA site for the 2018 Emerging Threats report

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Prevention Resources

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