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The situation: According to the latest federal drug threat assessment, methamphetamine is the most available and widely used clandestinely manufactured drug in the Southern New Jersey
area. Meth traffickers are importing the drug from the western United States and
Mexico. New Jersey is situated between the major industrial markets of New York and Pennsylvania and has been referred to as the “crossroads of the east.” It is also a gateway state, with major interstate highways, roadways, airports and seaports, all of which are used to some degree for smuggling. One state case made headlines around the country in June 2010 when former U.S. figure skating champion Nicole Bobek pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute crystal methamphetamine for her role in a major Hudson County drug ring.

Meth in New Jersey  

-- New jersey high school students who say they have used methamphetamine at least once during their life. The all-grade U.S. average was 4.1% in 2009.
Year                          2001     2005      2009        
All-grade average      7.7%    2.6%      2.3%            
9th grade                    5.8%    2.0%      2.4%          
10th grade                  7.5%    2.4%      2.6%   
11th grade                  9.3%    2.9%      2.7%
12th grade                  8.1%    3.4%      2.1%
Source: Centers for Disease Control survey     

-- Clandestine meth lab busts in New Jersey since 2004
Year                 2004     2005    2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Lab busts            2          3         5           1          4          0          0
Source: El Paso Intelligence Center

-- Number of people admitted to drug treatment for amphetamine-related addictions. Fewer than 1% of all treatment admissions were for amphetamines (mostly meth). The national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%.
Year                  2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Number            173        190      203       189       245      177
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

-- Seizures of methamphetamine in New Jersey 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         10.2        6.7     105.0      74.7     5.6        0.3
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration

Speaking of meth

"... use in New Jersey remains low. But it is an epidemic in other places. So we are keeping an eye out for it."
- Raquel Mazon Jeffers, director of the state division of addiction services

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The highs and lows of meth use in the USA
Percentage of state populations reporting meth use during the past year
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