The situation: Florida has undertaken extensive
measures to combat methamphetamine, which
has impacted the majority of the state’s 67 counties.
Clandestine lab activity is rising (see below) and
meth seizures by the DEA were at five-year highs in
2009-2010 (see chart above).
The state crafted a major anti-meth program in 2007
and continues to follow it. A copy of the plan can be
Meth in Florida
-- After several years of decline, the number of meth labs
uncovered by law enforcement increased sharply in
2009 -- the latest available data. Meth lab interdictions:
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Labs 277 147 130 135 323
-- In drug treatment facilities, cocaine and alcohol far
outstrip methamphetamine as the primary drug given
at admission. Number of people listing meth as their primary drug over the past four years:
Year 2007 2008 2009 2010
Admissions 981 1,222 1,297 343 (preliminary figure)
Speaking of meth in Florida
"They call it the poor man's cocaine. It's cheaper to get than cocaine and it is much more addictive than cocaine. It destroys your life and takes control of you. The meth consumes them so much they can't work, they don't sleep for days, they can't function as a normal person in society."
-- Columbia County Sheriff's Sgt. Ed Seifert.