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Methamphetamine statistics reveal that meth is a serious problem in the US, though the numbers conflict over if the problem has begun to decrease or if it is still increasing. Keep reading for information on meth stats and demographics of the methamphetamine user.
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The 2005 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 10 million people age 12 and older had abused methamphetamine, or slightly more than 4% of the US population. The 2005 Monitoring the Future study also found that about 4.5% of high school seniors had abused methamphetamine. Emergency rooms report that about 4% of drug related admissions are due to meth use.
Meth use started in Hawaii and spread west. In 1993 it was most common in Oregon, California, and Nevada. By 1999 it was most common west of the Mississippi. It has now spread all over the US in both rural and urban areas, though it is still more common in the West. Methamphetamine is only one type of amphetamine that is abused, but it is the most common type at 94% of all amphetamine abuse.
A report on meth users admitted for treatment for their addiction reveals some demographics and other statistics about the abuse of methamphetamine:
SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies, "The DASIS Report: Characteristics of Primary Amphetamine Treatment Admissions: 2001" [online]
National Institute on Drug Abuse, Research Report Series, "Methamphetamine Abuse and Addiction" [online]
SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies, "The DASIS Report: Amphetamine Treatment Admissions Increase: 1993-1999" [online]
SAMHSA Office of Applied Studies, "The DASIS Report: Geographic Differences in Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions for Methamphetamine/Amphetamine and Marijuana: 2005" [online]
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