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Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy

Dale Woolery, Director

Mission Statement:
To serve as a leader and a catalyst for improving the health and safety of all Iowans by promoting strategic approaches and collaboration to reduce drug use and related crime.

Measures:
Iowa meth lab monthly averages
Meth labs seized by county
Meth as primary drug involved in drug prison admissions
Presence of illegal drugs in a child's body
Iowa Drug Endangered Children referred by drug task forces
Percent of 11th grade students reporting current drug use
Iowa Opioid Overdose Deaths

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Highlighted Measure:

Number of reported meth lab incidents statewide

Data Source: Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement



Updated February 18, 2019







Highlighted Measure:

Map of reported meth lab incidents statewide

Data Source: Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Narcotics Enforcement


Updated February 18, 2019







 

 

 

Highlighted Measure:

Meth and Prison Admissions

Data Source: Department of Human Rights, Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning



Updated February 18, 2019

 

Highlighted Measure:

Iowa Opioid Related Deaths (including all opioids - prescription methadone, other opioids, other synthetic narcotics and heroin)

Data Source: Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Statistics



Updated February 18, 2019

 

Reducing Substance Abuse in Iowa

 

GRAPH - Meth Lab Incident

 

 

GRAPH - Meth Lab Incident Responses in Iowa

For larger image, click 2018 Clandestine Laboratories Seized

To compare with 2017, click 2017 Clandestine Laboratory Seized

 

 

GRAPH - Meth Lab Incident

 

 

GRAPH - Meth Lab Incident


Why this is important:
Drug abuse in Iowa has been compounded in recent years by the demand for, and supply of, highly addictive methamphetamine. Users of this harmful drug can be prone to violence and child neglect. State legislation to control the key ingredient used to make meth has largely produced its intended effect of curbing meth labs, and their accompanying hazards, in Iowa. Very significant challenges remain, including a steady out-of-state supply of meth and a strong demand by Iowans who use it.

Marijuana remains the most prevalent illicit drug of abuse in our state. More potent than ever, Iowa law enforcement reports finding increasing amounts of hash oils, marijuana waxes and marijuana-infused food products that are believed to contain much higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient. This development, combined with mixed messages sent by other states choosing to legalize marijuana, increased access and more accepting attitudes toward this addictive substance, are a cause for concern in Iowa, particularly among Iowa youth. Fifty-two percent of Iowa 11th graders believe marijuana would be easy or very easy for peers to get in their neighborhood or community. Twenty-four percent also perceive no risk in smoking marijuana once or more a week, double the number in 2005. While problematic on many fronts, only about five percent of Iowans say they are current marijuana users.

Though less severe than in other states, one of Iowa's fastest growing forms of substance abuse is comprised of addictive - and potentially lethal - prescription and illicit opioids (prescription painkillers, heroin and non-medical synthetic opioids). After climbing to a record high 206 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017, recent reports suggest Iowa’s increasing rate of opioid misuse and overdose may be showing initial signs of slowing or perhaps declining.  According to preliminary data from the Iowa Department of Public Health, 35% fewer opioid-related overdose deaths were recorded during the first eight months of 2018, compared to the same period a year earlier.  Though encouraging, much work remains. Prevention and intervention strategies are being strengthened to further reduce the abuse of prescription drugs, which can in turn prevent the abuse of more powerful illicit opioids. The Centers for Disease Control reports 78 Americans die of drug overdoses each day, and three out of four new heroin users report previous prescription opioid abuse.


What we're doing about this:
In 2005, the Iowa Legislature passed legislation limiting the availability of pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine.  Additional legislation passed in 2009, requires all Iowa pharmacies that sell non-prescription pseudoephedrine products over-the-counter to participate in an electronic pseudoephedrine tracking system managed by Iowa’s Office of Drug Control Policy.

Due to these and other actions, including an array of drug prevention, treatment and enforcement efforts, meth labs and the public safety threats associated with them have reached their lowest point in over 20 years in Iowa, dating back to 1997.  The influx of high-grade meth smuggled into our state in recent years may also be contributing to the suppression of meth labs in Iowa.    

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Highlighted Measure:
Child Abuse Cases Involving Presence of Illegal Drugs in Child's Body

Data Source: Department of Human Services; Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

NOTE: Differential Response Program began in 2014
Updated data coming soon

Updated February 18, 2019

Highlighted Measure:
Drug Endangered Children Referred by Drug Task Forces

Data Source: Office of Drug Control Policy

 

Updated February 18, 2019

Highlighted Measure:
Grade 11 Students Reporting Current use of Alcohol, Tobacco and Marijuana

Data Source: Department of Public Health, Iowa Youth Survey

Note: This survey is conducted bi-ennially
2018 data coming Summer 2019

Updated March 2017


Keeping Iowa's Children Safe from Substance Abuse

GRAPH - Confirmed Child Abuse Cases Involving Meth Manufacturing in the Presence of a Minor

GRAPH - Confirmed Child Abuse Cases Involving Meth Manufacturing in the Presence of a Minor

   

Why this is important:
Too often, and many times hidden from public view, vulnerable children are victims of illegal drug use and manufacturing. Children who live in drug environments and whose parents/caregivers abuse drugs may be subjected to physical and verbal abuse, and neglect. These children may face short and long term consequences that negatively impact their childhood and their future.

The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) reports on three measures of abuse that specifically relate to parent/caregiver involvement with drugs. The first of the indicators is the number of confirmed or founded child abuse cases resulting from the presence of illegal drugs in a child’s body. The second is cases resulting from a parent/caregiver manufacturing a dangerous drug in the presence of a child. 

Effective July 1, 2017, a third category called was added. “Dangerous Substances” include amphetamine, meth, cocaine, heroin, opium, and opiates. This change allows DHS intake workers to automatically assign a case to Child Abuse Assessment rather than Family Assessment. In these cases, it is alleged a caregiver uses or possess cocaine, heroin, opiates, or meth/amphetamines in the presence of a child or knowingly allows such activity by another person in the presence of a child. In the six months of CY2017 this change was in place, there were 1,992 cases confirmed or founded.  

 

What we're doing about this:
To combat the production and trafficking of meth and other illegal drugs, ODCP provides federal grant support to an array of drug treatment, prevention and primarily enforcement projects. Multi-jurisdictional drug enforcement task forces work together to protect Iowans by intercepting large amounts of dangerous drugs and weapons. In state fiscal year 2018, these task forces seized 1,468 pounds of illegal drugs, confiscated 1,008 firearms and referred 229 children for care by the Department of Human Services. During the height of our state's meth lab activity, the Iowa Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) was formed. ODCP started Iowa's DEC initiative to protect innocent children from abuse often associated with drug use, sales and manufacturing, as well as other resources of the public health, private health care, human service and criminal justice systems, to safeguard children and hold illicit drug abusers accountable. When appropriate, the program also strives to assist families in obtaining substance abuse treatment.

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