Berrien County’s drug of choice: marijuanaPublished 10:46pm Thursday, April 12, 2012
Marijuana continues to be the drug of choice in Berrien County, while heroin and methamphetamine use is on the rise.
That’s according to the annual drug report from the forensic laboratory of Berrien County, which was presented to county commissioners in the administration committee Thursday.
Marijuana accounted for 40 percent of the samples examined at the lab with 3,933.
Heroin had 871 samples and meth had 215. Those figures are twice as high as in 2010.
The number of “over the counter” and “non-control substance” reports also doubled from the prior year.
The overall number of submissions for analysis increased in 2011. There were 1,501 in 2011 compared to 1,280 in 2010.
Berrien County 2011 Drug Statistics
Prescription drugs 85
Over the counter 2499
*According to the Berrien County Forensic Lab