NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER
The situation: The Deseret News - in an interview with
national Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske - reported that meth is the
No. 1 illegal drug of choice for all Utahns and accounts for
about 30% of the 19,000 admissions to public drug abuse
treatment programs. Use more recently has decreased, in
part because of a strong "End Meth Now" campaign. Still,
End Meth Now organizers say nearly three-quarters of women
in treatment are mothers ages 18 to 35.
Meth in Utah:
-- Law enforcement seizures of methamphetamine have fallen almost steadily since 2005 when nearly 50 Kg. of meth was intercepted according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
-- According to the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, nearly 2,000 children entered state custody as a result of drug abuse in their home.
-- -- Spending for substance-abuse treatment, prevention and research:
Amount Per capita Pct. of budget
Virginia $43M $5.65 0.17% U.S. average $65M $10.64 0.37%
(From The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University)
State treatment information:
National crisis line:
High school students who say they have tried meth at least once in their life.
Source: CDC Youth Risk Behavior survey
Utah meth lab incidents, 2004-2009
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009