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The situation: Like some of its neighbors, North
Carolina is experiencing a serious meth-lab
renaissance. After a decline in meth lab busts
2004-2007, the numbers have climbed since and
2011 could be the worst yet. Through the end of
March this year, 111 labs have been uncovered.
That puts the state on a pace to exceed 400
labs by year's end. New converts to the
"one pot" method of meth cooking have helped
spike the numbers. One-pot cooking requires
only a small amount of ingredients and is
done in a single two-liter soda bottle. The
process is extremely volatile and has caused
explosions.





Meth in North Carolina  

-- High school students who say they have used methamphetamine at least once during their life (all grades, 9th-12th). Source: Centers for Disease Control survey
Year                      2001     2003      2005         2007       2009
N. Carolina           7.8%    6.6%      6.5%        4.7%       3.4%      
U.S. Average        9.8%    7.6%      6.2%        4.4%       4.1%    


-- Clandestine meth lab busts in North Carolina since 2004
Year                 2004     2005    2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Lab busts          322       322     190       153       196       202      234
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            490        302      320       495       791      602
Percentage       2.0%      1.7%   1.4%     1.3%     1.5%   1.4%
(Note: the national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


-- Seizures of methamphetamine in North Carolina 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           28        18.5      15.6      20.1      20.6     4.7
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration


Speaking of meth

"It's extremely worrisome because we thought we had a control on this. You're seeing children, through no fault of their own, in homes that are chemical danger zones. They shouldn't be living in those types of conditions. It's really sad."
- John Emerson, who directs the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program in North Carolina
Students who have used meth
High school students who say they have used meth at least once:
     - 2001          - 2009
9th grade      10th         11th         12th
7.8%
7.5%
7.1%
8.1%
2.4%
3.6%
4.3%
3.4%