Facts About Soldotna
Soldotna, Alaska is a city in Kenai Peninsula Borough. At the 2010 census, the population was 4,163 residents. It is the seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.
In 1960, Soldotna, Alaska was incorporated as a 4th class city with a population of 332 residents and an area of 7.4 square miles, 4,723.4 acres.
In 1964, Soldotna, Alaska, was recognized as a first class city.
Sport fishing, tourism, healthcare and the retail industry are currently the strengths of the economy in Soldotna, Alaska.
DEA Info For Alaska
In 2007, there were 69 drug-violation arrests made in Alaska by the DEA, as compared to 121 arrests in 2006, and 118 arrests in 2005.
Organizations which are involved in the trafficing of drugs in Alaska also use various methods to launder their illicit proceeds.
In Alaska, methamphetamine that is locally produced or imported is readily available.
Although local production may have been slowed or halted in Alaska, as can be seen by significant fall in laboratory-related incidents, methamphetamine continues to be shipped into Alaska through the parcel service.
Due to its location in relation to the rest of the United States and Canada, Alaska is a transshipment state and a consumer state for controlled substances.
Crack cocaine continues to be a specific threat in Alaska.
Lung effects: The direct effects of smoking cocaine are responsible for most lung and breathing complications. The large surface area of the lungs and its great blood supply cause rapid and profound brain stimulation known as the head rush. Smoking the freebase, crack, or paste is done using a glass pipe, waterpipes, or cigarettes, which are heated by butane lighters or matches. The residue from the tars, matches, cocaine contaminants, and additives, such as marijuana, often cause chronic bronchitis, chronic coughing, and coughing up black, nonbloody phlegm. These conditions can cause shortness of breath and chest pain. Utilizing the technique of deep inhalation and breath holding to maximize the amount of cocaine inhaled and absorbed can cause the lung to collapse. These cocaine users will complain of sharp chest pain, often worse with deep breathing, neck pain, difficult or painful swallowing, and air under the skin in the neck that feels like Rice Krispies under the skin when touched (subcutaneous emphysema). Though unusual, the user's lungs can fill with fluid (pulmonary edema) causing extreme shortness of breath, sometimes respiratory failure, and death. In one study of the cocaine abusers who came to an emergency department, 40% complained of chest pain-the most common complaint-and 22% complained of shortness of breath or were unable to breathe.
The collapse of the Nationalist Chinese regime in 1949 forced its remnants into the drug markets of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia where they soon played a catalytic role in an expansion of opium production. In 1949, Shanghai's narcotics syndicate fled to Hong Kong where they soon opened heroin refineries. Suffering reverses in a struggle for control of the colony's heroin trade against local syndicates, Green Gang faded by the mid 1950s and was replaced by small syndicates of ethnic Chiu Chau criminals who traced their origins to nearby Swatow on China's south coast.
Most teenagers drink: a recent survey of 4,390 high school seniors and dropouts reported that approximately 80% of them reported getting drunk, binge drinking, or drinking and driving within the preceding year.
The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) keeps track of drug-related emergency department (ED) visits throughout the United States. Prior to 2003, statistics on methamphetamine and other amphetamines were grouped together in DAWN reports. The report titled "Amphetamine and Methamphetamine Emergency Department Visits, 1995-2002" showed a rise in the number of ED mentions related to these drugs over the seven-year span. Between 1995 and 2002, methamphetamine and amphetamine ED visits rose from 25,245 to 38,961—an increase of 54 percent. The latest DAWN figures available as of mid-2005 were from the last two quarters of 2003. During that six-month period, methamphetamine use alone accounted for more than 25,000 drug abuse-related ED visits. An additional 18,129 visits were attributed to other amphetamine use. Most of the patients were white males between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four.