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The situation:  U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says
meth is becoming a matter of concern in Maine. Abuse and
availability have increased in far-north Aroostook County, as
evidenced by reports of “Yaba” and “Enhanced Ecstasy”
seizures at the northernmost border points. In 2005, Maine
became one of the first states in the country to restrict the sale
of pseudoephedrine which is an ingredient used to manufacture
meth. Maine's border with Canada, however, encourages
smuggling and its rural makeup allows cooks to ply their trade
in secret.

Meth in Maine

-- High schools students who say they have used methamphetamine at least once. The U.S. average for all students in 2007 was 4.4%. Maine was not part of the 2009 survey.
(Source: Centers for Disease Control):
Year                               2005      2007        U.S. 2007
Total                              5.2%     5.0%         4.4%
9th grade                        4.3%     4.2%         3.6%
10th grade                      2.0%     3.0%          4.1%
11th grade                      4.7%     6.1%          5.4%
12th grade                      8.3%     6.6%          4.5%

-- Clandestine meth lab busts in Maine since 2005
Year                 2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Lab busts           4           6          5           1          1         5
Source: El Paso Intelligence Center

-- Number of people admitted to drug treatment for amphetamine-related addictions and the percentage of all admissions that were related to amphetamines (mostly meth).
Year                 2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Number            79        104       80         72         70        72
Percentage      0.5%     0.7%   0.5%      0.5%     0.5%    0.7%
(Note: the national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

-- Seizures of methamphetamine by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Seizure amounts are in kilograms (note: 1 kg. = 2.2 lbs.):
Year                 2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Seizures            0          0          0          0          1.2       0
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration


Speaking of meth

"[Meth] is what I would describe as a simmering situation. The numbers are small in comparison to alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or prescription drugs, but it is there.''
- Roy McKinney, director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency
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ME    U.S.
4.4%
5.0%
Youth report
Secondary school students who say they have tried meth at least once in their life.
Source: CDC Youth Risk Behavior survey
(2007 survey)