Rehabilitation and Medical Centers
Jamaica Hospital Medical Center
A private hospital that offers addiction treatment, amongst other medical services.
8900 Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica
Tel: (718) 206-6000
Part of the largest private healthcare provider in Jamaica, Jamaica Hospital Medical Center has almost 300 beds in private rooms. The hospital offers addiction treatment alongside a broader range of healthcare services.
Facts and stats
Jamaica remains the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the United States.
Although cocaine and synthetic drugs are not produced locally, Jamaica is a transit point for drugs trafficked from South America to North America and other international markets.
In 2012, drug production and trafficking were both enabled and accompanied by organized crime, domestic and international gang activity, and police and government corruption.
Drugs flow into, through and from Jamaica by maritime conveyance and human couriers, and to a limited degree by private aircraft. Most drugs leaving Jamaica are bound for the United States and Canada.
Some amounts of marijuana and cocaine are smuggled from Jamaica into the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Countries in South and Central America are also destinations of Jamaican marijuana, which is transported in vessels and sometimes exchanged for cocaine.
Marijuana is increasingly being trafficked to Caribbean nations as well, and some Central American drug trafficking organizations exchange Jamaican marijuana for cocaine.
An estimated 15,000 hectares (ha) of marijuana is grown in all 14 parishes of Jamaica, generally in areas inaccessible to vehicular traffic on small plots in mountainous areas and along the tributaries of the Black River in Saint Elizabeth parish.
Marijuana was used by nine percent of the population in 2012, making it the most-abused illicit drug among Jamaicans, while cocaine abuse remained less than 0.1 percent of the population over the last 10 years.
Governmental / Non-governmental Associations
National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA)
Address & Contact:
2 - 6 Melmac Avenue, Kingston 5. Jamaica, W.I.
Tel: 876 926-9002-4
Fax: 876 960-1820
The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) was established in 1983 to educate the general public about the dangers of drug abuse and to prevent the indiscriminate use of drugs. In 1984 the Drug Abuse Secretariat was established to assist the Council in carrying out the necessary administrative tasks.