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The situation: Arizona faces a variety of meth-related
problems. Namely, it's 350-mile border with Mexico is
one of the country's major meth import routes and the
use of the drug continues to plague the state. The state
has taken strong measures to try and stem the spread
of meth. One springs from the Arizona Parents
Commission on Drug Education and Prevention which
mobilizes communities and reservations against
the drug. The second is the statewide Arizona Meth-
amphetamine Task Force which focus equally
on enforcement, prevention and treatment.

Meth in Arizona

-- The number of methamphetamine labs uncovered in
Arizona has fallen sharply in recent years (from DEA):
  2004   2005    2006    2007    2008    2009
   130      81       48        17       11        11

-- Based on drug treatment admissions, Arizona has a
greater percentage of meth users than the rest of the
country. Percentage of drug treatment admissions attributed to methamphetamine:
    U.S. Avg.
           Ariz.
           2007
           2008
           2009
           2010
                                  (From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

-- Arizona's secondard school students say they use meth more often than students around the rest of the country. Nationally, 4.1% of 9th-12th grade students say they have used meth at least once. In Arizona the figure is 5.7%.

Speaking of meth:

“We see the absolute abject horror of the impact of meth.  People are dying, and being injured from falls and burns.  It is affecting the elderly and children.  There is one situation where a 16-year old
crashed a car while on meth.  A mother and daughter were burned in an explosion of a meth lab.  There is a high death rate related to meth.  The war is in the street.  The Trauma Centers and
Medical Centers want to be part of the solution.”  
-- Dr. Mark Matthews, Maricopa Medical Center, Director of Trauma

DEA Meth Seizures
2005   06   07   08     09    10
737.6
268.5
736.2
629.3
670.6
369.9
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration
6.3%
14.6%
13.7%
12.4%%
13.8%