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The situation: According to the U.S. Depart-                       Click here to get a copy of
ment of Justice, meth is the primary drug threat to                    the Illinois State Police
central and southern Illinois but is increasing in                        brochure "Is Meth Next Door"
prevalence in the Chicago area. The state recently
ranked fourth in meth-related arrests. Estimates
place the cost of the meth epidemic at about $2
billion per year when crime, loss of productivity
incarcerations and the impact on families and
children are taken into account. Illinois has
joined the growing list of "Meth Project" states
that use graphic advertising vehicles to help
sway youth from using the drug.

Meth in Illinois

-- As in many states, laws limiting access to the meth
precursor pseudoephedrine cut the number of illegal labs
busted by law enforcement. The numbers have begun
going up in the past few year, however:

Year      2005    2006    2007    2008    2009    2010
Labs       961      784     371      330     400      430
Source: El Paso Intelligence Center

-- Illinois has seen a dip in the number of methamphetamine admissions to drug treatment and also in the percentage of all treatment admissions that are for meth. Here, as in many regions, treatment admissions have been cut due to funding shortfalls.

Year                                2005    2006    2007    2008    2009    2010   
Meth admissions             2,568   2,395   1,302   1,001    892      583
Pct. of all admissions      3.3%    2.8%    1.8%   1.3%   1.3%    1.3%
that were for meth
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

-- The amount of methamphetamine seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has bounced up in the past two years. Seizures are listed in kilograms (note: 1 Kg. - 2.2 lbs.)

Year                 2005    2006    2007    2008    2009    2010
Meth seized     14.3       3      10.9      8.3      45.7     28.7
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration

Speaking of meth

“Only when we take an aggressive stand against teen drug use, can we begin to see the positive
impact outreach efforts like this project can have on a community.  It’s a startling statistic to
realize almost 4% of Illinois high schoolers use methamphetamines.”
- Rep. Aaron Schock said

“Meth is still a huge problem for our state, it hasn’t gone away and we
hope to have a positive impact on our community with the Meth commercials.”
- Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy.

If you have comments or information to add, please e-mail the National Meth Center
Illinois high school students who say they have used meth in their lifetime
The U.S. average for high school students was 4.4% in 2007 and 4.1% in 2009
2007           2009
Overall                 9th grade            10th grade          11th grade           12th grade
(Source: Centers for Disease Control, Youth Risk Behavior Survey