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The situation: Colorado ranks eighth in the
country for total number of methamphetamine
users, according to Colorado Attorney
General John Suthers, who chairs the state’s
Methamphetamine Task Force. Additionally,
in a recent survey, 38 percent of young adults
in Colorado report that meth is easy to get,
and 31 percent said they have been offered
the drug, according to the Colorado Meth
Project.

Meth in Colorado

-- The state is among the nation's top ten in
terms of methamphetamine seized by the
Drug Enforcement Administration. More than
66 kilograms (146 pounds) of meth was
interdicted in the state during 2010

-- Most of the meth that is intercepted comes from Mexico as its home cooked meth vanished. Number of meth labs busted by law enforcement (from Drug Enforcement Administration):

Year                2004    2005    2006    2007    2008    2009
Lab busts         249      159      101       56       42        33

-- Colorado drug treatment admissions track very closely with the national trend. Across the country about 6.3% of new drug treatment admissions are for methamphetamine. Number of meth admissions and percentage of all admissions in Colorado:

Year                   2006    2007    2008    2009    2010
Total meth         6,076   5,939   5,334   4,946   4,233
Meth pct.            7.7%   7.5%    6.2%   5.6%    6.9%

-- According to a 2009 Centers for Disease Control survey, 3.5% of Colorado high school students admitted to using meth at least once in their lifetime. Nationally the rate is 4.1%

Speaking of meth

"Abuse of methamphetamine brings a whole host of problems with it, particularly crimes such as burglaries and ID thefts. In Colorado, roughly two-thirds of all ID thefts are caused by methamphetamine users. Colorado ranks sixth in the country for ID theft."
- Attorney General John Suthers












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Drugs involved in federal convictions
Meth
31.7%
Powder cocaine
Crack
Marijuana
Heroin
Other 3%
19.8%
34.7%
5.9%
5%
Office of National Drug Control Policy