Meth DownJanuary 30th, 2007 by josh farley
Methamphetamine, in all its illustrious names — crank, crystal, ice, speed, ect. — had fewer American users in 2005 than in 2002.
That was the result from data compiled and released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
According to the administration’s new federal study, there were 1.3 million meth users that were at least 12 years old in 2005.
That’s about .6 percent of the U.S. population, the study said. In 2002, about .8 percent of the population used the drug.
The study also said that western states, including Washington, are still plagued more than any other area in the country with methamphetamine use.
A recent story I wrote highlighted the decline of meth labs in Washington, while trafficking kept the flow of meth into our state steady. But the new numbers appear promising.
Why the decline? One answer comes from John Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy, according to the federal study:
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the parents, community leaders, law enforcement agencies, and public officials who have worked hard to achieve these significant reductions in methamphetamine use. They have proved yet again that when we come together to push back against America’s illegal drug problem, it gets smaller. Their work has saved lives from the agony of methamphetamine addiction, violence, and crime.”