Washington Meth Situation and PrevalencePosted by Anthony R. Morgan on October 14, 2009 3:58 PM
Meth Situation and Prevalence
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Methamphetamine is a widely abused drug in Washington and one which impacts all levels of the community. Crystal methamphetamine (aka "ice"), which dominates the market as the preferred form of methamphetamine, is readily available throughout the state. Mexican drug trafficking organizations are primarily responsible for the importation and distribution of methamphetamine in Washington, most of which is now produced in Mexico. Clandestine methamphetamine lab activity within the state has decreased over the years. This is likely due in part to state and federal legislation, which has hindered accessibility to chemicals such as pseudoephedrine. (Source: Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington State Factsheet, 2008)
According to 2004-2007 data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 1.45% of persons aged 12 or older in Washington reported using methamphetamine within the past year. (Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007)
Results of a 2008 survey of Washington students show that approximately 2.8% of 8th graders, 4.7% of 10th graders, and 5.6% of 12th graders reported using methamphetamine at least once during their lives. (Washington State Department of Health, State Youth Survey, 2008, 2009)
The Washington State Attorney General's Office provides information regarding the effect of methamphetamine on the state through the Operation: Allied Against Meth section of their Web site. Law enforcement efforts, the effect of methamphetamine on children, education and community outreach, relevant legislation, and additional resources are provided.