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The situation: South Dakota appears to be among a handful of states that appears to be effective against its methamphetamine problem. The number of meth labs uncovered by law enforcement is consistently low. High school student use of the drug has fallen dramatically after being one of the worst in the nation (see graphic above). And the number and percentage of drug treatment admissions for methamphetamine fell four straight years before a minor up-tick in 2010.


Meth in South Dakota  

-- High school students who say they have used methamphetamine at least once during their life:
Year                          1999      2001     2003      2005       2007      2009
9th grade   6.7%      7.5%     5.7%      5.5%     3.2%      0.9%  
10th grade                 7.1%      8.5%     6.3%      5.1%     3.2%      1.7%  
11th grade                12.2%     11.2%    8.1%      9.3%     4.2%      4.6%  
12th grade                15.8%      5.6%     9.2%      9.5%     9.8%      4.1%  
Source: Centers for Disease Control survey

-- Clandestine meth lab busts in South Dakota since 2004
Year                 2004     2005    2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Lab busts          30          16       11         7           6          7          9
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           1,346    1,157     911        623      599      646
Percentage      10.0%    7.3%    5.8%      4.1%    4.0%   4.4%
(Note: the national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


-- Seizures of methamphetamine in South Dakota 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           2.3         2.5      18.8       6.3       4.2       5.3
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration


Speaking of meth
"It's kind of like picking up dandelions out of your yard, you pick one and you've got two or three others popping up somewhere else. I think ... you're talking about a lot of remoteness, a lot of square miles and a lot of checkerboard jurisdictions."
- Flandreau Police Chief Ken James about the problem of meth  in his town and on tribal reservations
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All students         9th grade           10th grade           11th grade          12th grade
Source: Centers for Disease Control survey
Student meth use falls below national average
Percentage of students at each grade level who say they used meth at least once:
-1999          - 2009
10.4%
2.7%
6.7%
0.9%
7.1%
1.7%
12.2%
4.6%
15.8%
4.1%