Miami, Florida is a city with a population of around 5.4 million, and is known globally as a party hot spot. Miami is one of the top 10 largest cities and metropolitan areas across the USA, and a large number of illegal drugs and illicit substances can be found here. Miami County, Palm Beach County, and Broward County are lumped together and referred to as the Gold Coast, and this entire area is a party destination for people from around the globe. There are many drugs available in Miami, Florida and the surrounding areas, with party drugs like MDMA, Ketamine, LSD, and even amphetamines being commonly abused.
Cocaine is another illegal drug that is very prevalent on the Miami party scene, and the rate of marijuana use is also quite high in the city. Prescription drug abuse is another problem in Miami, and the increased numbers of older individuals who retire in this area of Florida make it easier to gain access to prescription medications.
Cocaine is brought into Miami, Florida by sea and by land, and this is true for many illegal drugs here. The city and surrounding areas are right on the Florida coast and this makes it easy for smugglers to slip in undetected with the drugs.
One of the biggest drug problems in Miami, Florida is MDMA, also frequently referred to as Ecstasy, X, and many other street names. A large number of nightclubs in Miami is one reason why party drugs are so popular, and MDMA is both a stimulant and a mild hallucinogenic drug.
The most frequent users of MDMA are young adults, often Caucasian, who range from 16 years old to 30 years old. Often MDMA is used together with LSD, another illegal hallucinogenic drug that can be deadly. This combination use of MDMA and LSD is called trolling, and it cause a number of deaths each year.
Ketamine, also called Special K, is another popular club drug, and amphetamines are often used for the increased stimulation and to help the user stay awake and energetic. In 2009 a study showed that Miami, Florida was ranked #5 for the richest cities around the globe, and another study showed this city was #1 for the richest city in America. This wealth means that many of the users in Miami and the surrounding area have significant financial means to purchase illegal drugs. The most frequent arrests made in Miami Dade County for drugs are for cocaine possession, and possession of cannabis, less than 20 grams is the second most frequent drug that results in arrest of the user in Miami, and the surrounding areas.