- North Texas HIDTA (DFW)
- South Texas HIDTA (San Antonio to the border)
- Houston-area HIDTA (16 counties around Houston and along the coast)
- West Texas HIDTA (El Paso, Midland, Odessa, and Big Bend-area counites)
In Harris County, for example, the number of drug-related treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities declined over that period for powder cocaine (924-831), crack cocaine (1,798 to 1,607), and heroin (420 to 186). In the San Antonio HIDTA, drug treatment admissions declined from 2006 to 2008 in every category, which was the pattern in all TX jurisdictions, according to NDIC, with one exception: Admissions for heroin treatment increased in Dallas County, though they declined for meth and both crack and powder cocaine.
I find this trend especially curious because the state of Texas invested more than $200 million in new drug treatment and prison diversion programs beginning September 2007, so it seems like the numbers should be headed in the other direction. It makes me wonder about the quality of NDIC's data.