Recent reports suggest that the Opioid Crisis is overshadowing rising METH use in the United States. Domestic manufacturing continues to decline, but the Mexican Drug Cartels are now mass-producing METH and distribute the drug using the networks established for Heroin and Cocaine. The latest data form the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that approximately 667,000 people aged 12 or older were current users of METH in 2017. That is roughly 0.2% of the total U.S. population.
The resurgence of METH has been seen mostly in the rural America areas of the Midwestern and Southern States. METH positivity rates have increased in these areas of our Country between 2013 and 2017.
- 167% in the East North Central division of the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin)
- 160% in the East South Central division of the South (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee)
- 150% in the Middle Atlantic division of the Northeast (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)
- 140% in the South Atlantic division of the South (Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)
Fatal overdoses from METH increased from 5% in 2010 to 11% in 2015, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Erik Smith, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Kansas City office says, "METH is back with a vengeance. The drug's now stronger, and cheaper, than it used to be."
SOURCE- NSDUH, NCHS, Quest Diagnostics