Meth Down

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.”

One thought on “Meth Down

  1. “….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…”

    Well, that is great. We need not be concerned and double check that our schools are clean of drugs.
    Maybe though, we could become a pro active no drugs county… a tough county against drugs and to especially get and keep them out of our schools.

    Contact the parents…most parents care and want to help. Set up a neighborhood meeting, including law enforcement and discuss the situation…brain storm. Maybe Kitsap Transit would donate their meeting room for the first meeting….to get a fresh perspective than meeting in the school…or not.
    Invite the mayor too…he has some great ideas…and might have a thought or two here…
    Sharon O’Hara

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