Purest cocaine, heroin and meth right here in AZ and other border states, study says

Arizona is smoking when it comes to having some of the purest illegal drugs in the entire nation.

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Boycott be danged – we got ourselves a selling point.

The Grand Canyon State shares this fine distinction with its sister border states thanks to our proximity to Mexico, where we get first dibs on the freshest heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.

This glorious news comes from a study tackled by an international research team led by University of Arizona’s own James Cunningham. The study was published in the scientific journal “Addication” and highlighted in UA News.

Researchers checked out about 250,000 seizures of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin across the U.S. from 1990 to 2004.

Thankfully, they did not test drug potency by sampling the wares, but rather with federal data obtained through the glorious Freedom of Information Act.

“They calculated the distance from the location of each seizure to the nearest major city (import portal) on the border and compared that distance to purity, adjusting for factors such as the size of the seizure,” UA News reports.

The perhaps not-so-shocking results indicated that the purity of these three drugs was inversely proportional to the distance from the border – or the closer you were to Mexico the more potent these three drugs would be.

That means unless you have your own meth trailer hidden in the wiles of Tennessee, you’re best off buying the stuff in Arizona or other places closest to Mexico.

While the general purity decrease held true for all three drugs, researchers did note some exceptions.

Northeastern states as far as 1,500 miles from Mexico had some pretty potent meth, thanks to Canadian imports. New York City and other drug portals made for some pretty pure heroin. Researchers also found cocaine stayed the purest across the board, with less dilution of the drug than the other two.

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The researchers’ hypothesis?

“Allowing for variance by drug type, it seems that traffickers increasingly cut their drugs – decrease purity – as distance from a portal increases, possibly to compensate for added transport costs,” Cunningham told UA News.

Those unscrupulous drug hustling scamps. Based on their formidable fashion statements, like the diamond pinkie ring, we would have thought those in the business of transporting and selling drugs would have a tad more class.

Next thing we know they’ll be giving away free samples to try and get people hooked.

Cunningham said this decreasing drug potency was good news for communities far from Mexico and other portals, as less potent drugs means less chance of overdose or other health problems.

While the results of this study may seem somewhat obvious, at least it’s now official. And at least the study was a bit more involved than one that researched if coyotes eat cats. (They do.)

We also say such results could mean good news for the border states, as it can increase tourism and boost the overall economy. After all, traveling drug hungry thugs still need a hotel in which to crash and a few restaurants in which to eat. They may even buy a tchotchke or two.

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The title of the study is “Proximity to the U.S.-Mexico Border: A key to explaining geographic variation in U.S. methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin purity.”

NOTE: Although this piece is written with sarcasm, drug abuse is a serious topic. Drug abuse is not only likely to get you arrested, but is also known to wreck – or even end – your life.


What do you think?

Do the results of such a study shock you?

Would you have guessed otherwise?

What other studies do you recall that state something that seems obvious?


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18 Responses to Purest cocaine, heroin and meth right here in AZ and other border states, study says

  1. Alan in Kent WA says:

    I hope all of the doper Trustee Babies that have overrun Portland OR Hawthorne Street get the word and move south so as to open more of an opportunity for me to finally get my foothold there!  It isn’t much of a positive spin, but its the best I can do.

    • Rynski says:

      haha! thanks, alan from kent wa.
      glad you could find a positive aspect amongst the kilos of negativity. hawthorne streets sound like a fun locale.

  2. andrew farley says:

    Creepy stuff Ryn, looking into that guys eyes snortin’ the devil’s dandruff really triggers me. Didja save any from the article cause we have to be sure it really is as pure as you say. “waterfowl flies” itc

    • Rynski says:

      hey waterfowl flies –
      thanks for input – i wholly agree ALL THREE photos are creepy – but that guy’s eyes are especially horrific. well, i do also enjoy angry man’s sneer at the little lit spoon.
      ha! on saving drugs from article – no samples, only boring ole data.

  3. Rod Malcolm says:

    Pretty good story. Couple of things:  “Glorious” FOI act? What point are you trying to make with that cutesy adjective? Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it when you really need it. Or were you actually being sincere? “Wiles” of Tennessee? That’s the “wilds” of Tennessee, dude. Check your dictionary. Finally, this is the biggie: Less potent drugs in an area, as a rule, can be WORSE for ODs, not better. Addicts there get used to weaker hits and then get some pure stuff and, not knowing, OD on it. In areas with more pure smack etc., they are aware of and used to the strength so take more care.

    • Rynski says:

      pretty good comment. couple of things:
      FOI act rules. use it all the time. glorious as glorious can be for digging up info no one wants to give you. yes, ‘glorious’ is sincere in this instance.
      ‘wiles’ of tennessee sounds much more interesting than ‘wilds’ of tennessee, dude. but technically you are correct. check my poetic license.
      finally, the OD issue – more potent vs less potent drugs. since i never had the joy of OD-ing, i was just passing along what research team leader said. the entire paragraph is attributed to him:
      Cunningham said this decreasing drug potency was good news for communities far from Mexico and other portals, as less potent drugs means less chance of overdose or other health problems.
      thanks for input, rod malcolm – appreciate your thoughts on the matter!

      • Rod Malcolm says:

        Never trust a source. Check a second. Then check the third. After 30 years as a journalist/writer (think alcohol), preceded by 10 years as a jazz musician (think dope), followed by another 10 covering substance abuse (think idiot lab-rat no-nothing “experts”), I have learned the hard way that the mountains of misinformation attending dope, drugs, booze, dependence, addiction, detox and rehab are beyond one’s wildest (should I say ‘wiliest’ to squeeze a laff) imagination. Tread in those treacherous waters, my sweet, with all due care.   :>))

      • Rynski says:

        hi again rod –
        wow-ee on your ‘wile’ career and extensive knowledge of drugs and all the fun stuff that comes with them. thanks, too, for the advice about checking sources at least three times – not to mention the laugh!
        you’re a witty fellow.
        and i do agree the best ‘experts’ in any field, esp. one like addiction/drug abuse,  are those that have experienced some of the horrors et. al. themselves.
        thanks again!

  4. fraser007 says:

    Did you mean Hawthore Street in Tucson?? Did I misread this?

    I used to live there, just saw a lot of Yuppies.

  5. Oakland says:

    That was why I moved to Tucson in the first place was to get the good stuff. It was just a shame that by the time I got down here I already quite drinking and drugging. Oh well maybe I didn’t think that out real well but it probably saved my life.

    • Rynski says:

      hey oakland – sounds like ironic time to move, alright – kind of like starting a diet then going to an all you can eat buffet (haha).
      glad you are alive to talk about it!

  6. fraser007 says:

    And thats why there are 23,000 dead Mexicans, lots of jails and lots of drug abuse.

  7. radmax says:

    Hi Rynski! I’m so glad someone finally determined that the more hands that touch the ‘product’, and the farther from the source it is, it becomes increasingly weaker…? (duh)
    BTW- I would bet that since meth is easily whipped up locally by home chemists, that it is an exception to this hypothesis, as would any metropolitan area with a port.
    I will be conducting my own intensive investigation and study, you have piqued my interest, as soon as my grant money starts rollin’ in that is… 😉

    • Rynski says:

      hiya radmax!
      how cool! on your possible upcoming grant for testing drug potency. do be careful, though, and go slow – you wouldn’t want to fall over and die before you collect all the grant money.
      and be extra careful around those ports and home chemists!

  8. ado1 says:

    Tighter border security would help a lot, before Tucson becomes another Ciudad Juarez.

    The longer we put off fixing the border, the more we will be looking like a Mexican drug cartel controlled city.


  9. No Arizona says:

    No doubt, drugs are a huge problem in AZ as they’re just too readily available.

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