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National Forensic Laboratory Information System (2014 Midyear Report)

By Basoodler, May 14, 2015 | Updated: May 14, 2015 | | |
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  1. Basoodler
    The sampling in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) report is from state and local United States forensic laboratories. From January 1, 2014-June 30, 2014, 495,836 distinct drug cases were submitted to these labs and analyzed by September 30, 2014. Of those 495,836 drug cases, 813,071 drug reports were identified. Regions are defined as West, Midwest, Northest, and South. The overall report can be found here.

    The West is Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska.

    The Midwest is North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

    The Northeast is Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Rhhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

    The South is Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

    The top overall reported drugs were:

    1. Cannabis/THC (241,057)

    a. West (27,293)
    b. Midwest (79,010)
    c. Northeast (39,044)
    d. South (95,710)

    2. Methamphetamine (121,109)

    a. West (53,509)
    b. Midwest (20,579)
    c. Northeast (1,939)
    d. South (45,082)

    3. Cocaine (119,014)

    a. West (10,708)
    b. Midwest (22,883)
    c. Northeast (26,288)
    d. South (59,135)

    4. Heroin (84,962)

    a. West (14,077)
    b. Midwest (26,614)
    c. Northeast (25,173)
    d. South (19,099)

    These four drugs accounted for 70% of all reports in NFLIS.

    The report classifises drugs substances into various categories. These are narcotic analgesics, tranquilizers and depressants, phenethylamines, and synthetic cannabinoids. The report does discuss anabolic steroids, but I'm not overly concerned with those substances, so we won't list them here.


    Narcotic Analgesics

    Total reports for this classification were 64,934.

    1. Oxycodone (23,132)

    a. West (2,211)
    b. Midwest (4,068)
    c. Northeast (4,743)
    d. South (12,111)

    2. Hydrocodone (17,721)

    a. West (2,455)
    b. Midwest (3,939)
    c. Northeast (1,023)
    d. South (10,304)

    3. Buprenorphine (7,709)

    a. West (623)
    b. Midwest (1,572)
    c. Northeast (2,209)
    d. South (3,306)

    4. Morphine (4,192)

    a. West (661)
    b. Midwest (964)
    c. Northeast (329)
    d. South (2,237)

    5. Methadone (3,077)
    6. Hydromorphone (2,479)
    7. Fentanyl (2,219)
    8. Codeine (1,611)
    9. Tramadol (1,426)
    10. Oxymorphone (932)
    11. Mitragynine (88)
    12. Propoxyphene (78)
    13. Meperidine (57)
    14. Acetylfentanyl (55)
    15. Hydrocodeinone (40)

    The overall breakdown per region is:

    South (34,277)

    Midwest (13,156)

    Northeast (10,311)

    West (7,190)


    Tranquilizers and Depressants

    Total reports for this classification were 41,129.

    1. Alprazolam (21,804)

    a. West (1,676)
    b. Midwest (4,067)
    c. Northeast (3,051)
    d. South (13,009)

    2. Clonazepam (6,097)

    a. West (621)
    b. Midwest (1,240)
    c. Northeast (1,143)
    d. South (3,094)

    3. Diazepam (3,013)

    a. West (405)
    b. Midwest (698)
    c. Northeast (261)
    d. South (1,648)

    4. PCP (2,697)

    a. West (217)
    b. Midwest (478)
    c. Northeast (974)
    d. South (1,027)

    5. Carisoprodol (2,023)
    6. Lorazepam (1,241)
    7. Zolpidem (903)
    8. Cyclobenzaprine (626)
    9. Ketamine (574)
    10. Phenobarbital (358)
    11. Methaqualone (348)
    12. Pregabalin (193)
    13. Hydroxyzine (187)
    14. Temazepam (172)
    15. Butalbital (139)

    The overall breakdown per region is:

    South (22,353)

    Midwest (7,855)

    Northeast (6,704)

    West (4,217)


    Phenethylamines

    Total reports for this classification were 141,980 cases.

    1. Methamphetamine (121,109)

    a. West (53,509)
    b. Midwest (20,579)
    c. Northeast (1,939)
    d. South (45,082)

    2. Amphetamine (6,101)

    a. West (620)
    b. Midwest (1,551)
    c. Northeast (768)
    d. South (3,163)

    3. Methylone (4,417)

    a. West (540)
    b. Midwest (329)
    c. Northeast (648)
    d. South (2,901)

    4. MDMA (2,347)

    a. West (937)
    b. Midwest (662)
    c. Northeast (188)
    d. South (560)

    5. Alpha-PVP (2,244)
    6. Ethylone (1,426)
    7. Lisdexamphetamine (1,030)
    8. 25I-NBOMe (396)
    9. 25C-NBOMe (375)
    10. MDA (331)
    11. Phentermine (326)
    12. MDPV (312)
    13. 25B-NBOMe (239)
    14. Dimethylone (219)
    15. 4-MEC (138)

    The overall breakdown per region is:

    West (56,273)

    South (56,216)

    Midwest (24,753)

    Northeast (4,738)


    Synthetic Cannabinoids

    Total reports for this classification were 19,838 cases.

    1. XLR11 (6,602)

    a. West (600)
    b. Midwest (1,230)
    c. Northeast (1,884)
    d. South (2,888)

    2. AB-FUBINACA (4,326)

    a. West (161)
    b. Midwest (988)
    c. Northeast (299)
    d. South (2,878)

    3. AB-PINACA (2,232)

    a. West (197)
    b. Midwest (796)
    c. Northeast (127)
    d. South (1,112)

    4. PB-22 (1,342)

    a. West (39)
    b. Midwest (129)
    c. Northeast (539)
    d. South (635)

    5. 5F-PB-22 (758)
    6. UR-144 (512)
    7. AB-CHMINACA (324)
    8. AM-2201 (201)
    9. 5F-AKB48 (199)
    10. 5F-AB-PINACA (193)
    11. ADB-FUBINACA (161)
    12. FUB-PB-22 (124)
    13. THJ-2201 (117)
    14. AKB48 (106)
    15. JWH-018 (93)

    The overall breakdown per region is:

    South (10,684)

    Midwest (4,108)

    Northeast (3,612)

    West (1,435)

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    Some food for thought here:

    THC/marijuana, alprazolam, and oxycodone have been the top of their respective lists for the last few years at the least.

    Mitragyine (Kratom) and Propoxyphene, a drug that has been formally removed from the US market since November 2010, have been detected in casework about the same amount.

    PCP is still around and more prevalent than I think some folks think.

    Methylone cases almost double the number of MDMA detections.

    MDMA and Alpha-PVP detections are basically even in this report.

    MDPV detections are approximately 7 and 7.5 times less than Alpha-PVP and MDMA cases.

    XLR11 is the number one synthetic cannabinoid detected, but the number of cases decreased by about half since 2013.

    The INACA synthetic cannabinoid derivatives were starting to become more prevalent beginning of 2014. Only one INACA derivative (AB-FUBINACA) was reported in 2013's midyear report. The 2015 report will be chocked full with INACAs.

    It'll be interesting to see what is reported for the rest of 2014 when the full year report is released (if it is released) or what will be reported in 2015. Of course, in the NFLIS reporting system there are some limitations to using the numbers, so I'd advise you to click on the link above and read what those limitations are.

    ForensicToxGuy at 10:47 PM
    May 5 2015
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Comments

  1. Basoodler
    The other new cannabinoids seem to be making more news lately. It will be interesting to see how the next couple reports shake out..
  2. Ghetto_Chem
    Haha if anyone notices how the methylone seizures for the Midwest are by far the lowest, and second on MDMA seizures. People can talk shit bout the Midwest all day long, but in the end its got the best drugs ;P I'd rather be rolling balls in a cornfield or the deep woods, than tweaking on some methylone/god-knows-what-cathinone down on a beach in Florida. Not to mention your chances of getting arrested down there are infinitely higher it seems too.

    I'd also like to point out the highest amount of seizures of heroin. I can attest to that. When a kid from a small town like me can get high grade heroin when not even a year before that heroin in that area didn't even exist, you know its getting pumped in by the truckloads. Around here you got suburban kids as early as late middle school snorting it now, I wish I was exaggerating on that too but I'm not. The rehabs are stocked full of kids and people in their early 20's that are heroin addicts, in fact probably 90% of them are in there for it.

    Alot of this emanates from a few main cities that are probably some of the most crime ridden places in America and spills out from there. I'd go into my theories on it all, specifically CIA run programs bringing over heroin from Afghanistan. High grade heroin has replaced crack cocaine as the drug to ruin poor people in our society, much more expensive and harder to get off. Plus users aren't nearly as irrational/delusional leading to less problems that come along with crazed crack heads. And once your ready to get clean they get you locked into a 5-10yr commitment (lifelong if your lucky!) with methadone or suboxone which can cost almost as much as buying a small used car every other month. Or maybe I'm just as delusional as the crazed crack head?

    Anyway interesting numbers... The heroin actually surprised me a little bit though, but the MDMA/Methylone seizures not so much. I expected the Northeast to have em all beat by a long shot on the H.

    -GC
  3. Waiting For The Fall
    With the exception of a higher percentage of Heroin in the Midwest, and a slightly higher percentage of Methamphetamine in the West, it appears that the overall higher percentages were from the South. What was missing from this article was the raw number of reporting laboratories.

    I read the report, and other than weighting used in the report to establish trends, the number of laboratory reports for each region was significant: South, 346,085; Midwest, 202,342; West, 135,993; and Northeast, 128,65.
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