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The situation: Texas has perhaps the nation's
most daunting drug problem. The state's 1,300-mile
boarder with Mexico is almost constantly a battle-
ground where the Mexican drug-smuggling
organizations and U.S. agents test each other
daily. The Drug Enforcement Administration has
20 field offices in Texas and hundreds of agents.
Still, the state is a major gateway for drug imports
to the U.S. In terms of meth, its availability remains
high in north Texas, and the pace of enforcement
activities surrounding methamphetamine continues
to escalate.

Meth in Texas  

-- High school students who say they have used
methamphetamine at least once during their life

Year                                 2003      2005       2007       2009
U.S. (all grades)               7.6%      6.2%       4.4%       4.1% 
Texas (all grades)            8.4%      7.3%       6.7%       3.7%      
Texas 9th graders            7.6%      5.9%       5.5%       3.1%
Texas 10th graders           7.2%      8.4%       7.5%       3.6%
Texas 11th graders          10.0%     7.1%       6.3%       4.9%
Texas 12th graders            9.3%     8.1%       7.8%       3.4%
Source: Centers for Disease Control survey


-- Clandestine meth lab busts in Texas since 2004
Year                 2004     2005    2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Lab busts          497       272      135        93       123       154      108
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           5,827      5,432     4,816     3,677     3,803    n/a
Percentage     13.5%     12.4%   10.6%     8.0%      8.3%
(Note: the national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


-- Seizures of methamphetamine in Texas 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         1,052.8   659.8    314.6    786.8   913.6    762.3
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration


Speaking of meth
“There’s not one person who doesn’t want to do something to stop this meth problem, but we don’t all agree on how to do it.”
- State Rep. Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho, on legislative debate

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Meth by the carload
The amount of meth seized by DEA agents in Texas since 2004 (9,880 pounds) weighs about the same as 3.8 Ford Focuses: