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Most Used Drugs in Florida

Man wondering about the popular drugs in Florida

The most used street drugs in Florida are cocaine and benzodiazepines, taken alongside opioids. The latter, taken alone, is the second most popular drug in Florida—not a surprise since opioids are highly addictive and can reduce pain. In addition, prescription drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin are often some of the most abused drugs in Miramar and the rest of the state. This situation is not helped by the more than 15,300,000 prescriptions dispensed in Florida in 2021.1

The most popular drug in Florida may not surprise you, but it’s also not any of the drugs already mentioned. So, which drug is number one? To find out or learn about substance abuse treatment programs in Florida, call 866.931.9312 to speak with someone from Evoke Wellness at Miramar.

What Is the Most Used Street Drug in Florida?

If you guessed marijuana as the most used drug, you are correct. Medical marijuana is in high demand, but the illicit drug of abuse stems from the cannabis plant.

Marijuana is a mixture of dried flowers from the Cannabis sativa plant, also referred to as pot, bud, and many other well-known slang names. People take in marijuana by using:

  • Blunts – These are cigars that have marijuana inside.
  • Bongs – These are water pipes used to smoke the plant.
  • Dabbing – This is a method of smoking in which concentrates or oils from the marijuana plant are heated and inhaled.
  • Joints – These are hand-rolled cigarettes only filled with marijuana
  • Pipes – These are similar to pipes used for tobacco and are typically made of glass, like bongs.

Recently, vaporizers that use heat to create an aerosol that contains the plant’s active ingredients have become popular. Edibles—food or drinks with cannabis oil—are also popular with the medicinal marijuana community. Regardless of how popular it is, marijuana use and possession can still lead to legal consequences.

The cannabis plant is not native to Florida but is insanely popular. The origin of weed, or hemp, are the regions of eastern Europe, India, and Iran. However, Florida provides an excellent home for the plant to produce since the state is known as the Sunshine State. The temperature in the state is often warm, and there’s often sufficient humidity to nurture the Cannabis plant.

What Is the Most Popular Drug in the United States?

If you are wondering what the most commonly abused drug in the U.S. is, the answer is alcohol. Alcohol is a socially accepted drug that most people do not define as a substance that has a physiological effect when ingested in the body.

The top five most common drugs used in America include:

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Marijuana
  • Pain relievers
  • Tranquilizers or benzos

The list of popular drugs in Florida resembles the list of popular drugs used in America. These most used drugs hold dangers and can result in serious health complications. For instance, marijuana side effects include dependency, nausea and vomiting, intense paranoia, short-term memory loss, and reduced coordination. Both alcohol and marijuana can damage the development and proper functioning of the brain, including interfering with the brain’s communication pathways which affect how the brain looks.

Find Addiction Treatment at Evoke Wellness at Miramar

Evoke Wellness at Miramar offers a medically monitored drug detox for those struggling with addiction. Our family program is recommended for those who have a loved one struggling with substance abuse and are looking for alcohol addiction treatment or another form of therapy. Our experienced medical staff provides a clean and secure environment for you to achieve your recovery goals. Contact Evoke Wellness at Miramar today at 866.931.9312 to speak with one of our specialists and learn more about our intensive inpatient recovery program for addiction to drugs in Miramar.



1. Florida Department of Health Bureau of Community Health Assessment – Substance Use Dashboard