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National drug threat assessment 2011

National Drug Intelligence Center, U.S. Department of Justice – 2011

Describes the problem of illicit drug trafficking and use in the United States, noting that demand is rising (particularly among youth), and Mexican-based transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are supplying the demand. Summarizes the problem of Mexican TCOs, as well as those from other countries, and their collaboration with U.S. criminal gangs. Describes the problem of drug smuggling into the U.S., particularly along the southwest border, as well as drug-related crime and violence in this region. Reports that overall availability of illicit drugs is increasing in the U.S., particularly marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy), and methamphetamine. Notes that while most meth is supplied from large producers in Mexico, domestic small lab production is increasing, due primarily to increased precursor smurfing. Also discusses the problem of synthetic cannabis and stimulants (such as K2 and bath salts), and presents statistics on the ongoing problems of prescription drug diversion and abuse, particularly among adolescents. Provides maps that illustrate the movement of drugs within the U.S. and show drug threat by region.