About the center
NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
Organizing strategies
Organizing strategies
ORGANIZING
Identify the problem in
your state or area
Use statistics, anecdotal evience, etc.
Methamphetamine has had at least some impact on every state across the country. And in places where it has not yet taken hold, "we know it's coming," says one drug official.

Trying to exactly quantify the extent to which meth has entered your state or community can be a difficult task. In some cases, anecdotal evidence may offer the first hint that the drug has arrived. A single incident in local schools can signal much wider-spread use.

To swiftly get a handle on trends in the region, one can frequently rely on local or state police, prosecutors or the attorney general's office.

At the same time an individual or group is trying to lock down statistics for meth use in a given territory, information about the drug itself is a critical component of the reporting. Where it comes from, its potency, difficulty of treatment, etc. are all elements that can help move the local populous.

To understand the power of the drug and this national epidemic see a complete section on this site.

For a broader look at meth in the United States here are excellent sources:

The cost of meth abuse:

Graphic: Rand study showing that meth abuse costs the nation more than $23 billion annually

From the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration:

National Survey on Drug Use & Health

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics

From the Drug Enforcement Administration

Information on math lab busts and a state-by-state look at statistics