Largely rural, West Virginia's most pronounced drug problems involve the abuse
and clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine, marijuana consumption and
cultivation, and pharmaceutical drug diversion and abuse. Cocaine, crack,
and MDMA are available in most areas of the state.
Cocaine and crack cocaine are widely available in most West Virginia
cities. Crack cocaine abuse generally remains confined to low and low-middle
income individuals, but crosses all ethnic lines. Source areas for cocaine
are more varied than for other drugs consumed in the state and are largely
based on the trafficker's location within West Virginia.
Both the demand for and the availability of heroin are very limited throughout
West Virginia. The heroin sold in West Virginia typically retains the street/brand
name and packaging of the Philadelphia or Baltimore-area supplier.
Clandestine methamphetamine laboratory activity in West Virginia has increased
threefold in the past several years. Meth distributors in West Virginia often
share Mexican sources of supply with distributors in Virginia's Shenandoah
- Club Drugs
There is increased demand for Ecstasy (MDMA) throughout West Virginia, but
abuse remains fairly concentrated near Morgantown, the location of West Virginia
University. Because of West Virginia's remote terrain, the area is purported
to host numerous private "rave" parties.
Both imported and locally-cultivated marijuana pose a serious drug threat in
West Virginia. West Virginia consistently ranks in the top ten states for