1999 4.3% (9.4 million people) of the U.S. population
reported trying methamphetamine at least once in their
lifetime. The highest rate of meth use was among the 18-25
age group with 5.2% of them reporting lifetime meth use
lab seizures have gone up 577% nationally since 1995.
over the past few years show Oklahoma among the nations
leader in Meth labs, arrests, addiction and cases.
1994 the Drug Enforcement Administration seized 63 meth
labs. That figure climbed to 879 in 1996 and 1,627 in
numbers also indicate the drug has yet to make it to the
East Coast. Cities such as Oklahoma and Omaha have worse
meth problems, than New York City or Detroit.
is it a bigger problem that in the Midwest, where meth
accounts for nearly 90% of all drug cases, and nowhere is
it more prevalent than in Oklahoma, which ranks in the top
five in almost every meth category.
is surpassing cocaine as the drug of choice in Oklahoma.
The state medical examiner's office reports the number of
death cases testing positive for meth have been higher
than cocaine for the past three years. The office also
reports meth is found in more cases of homicides, and
motor vehicle accidents.
estimated cost of making meth is $100 an ounce, with a
street value of $800 an ounce.
cheap for the people who make it, meth is costly for
taxpayers. The OSBI estimates that it costs an average of
$2,000 to clean up a lab. Many law enforcement agencies
including the OSBI contract out for cleaning services. The
OSBI spent $1 million on cleaning services each year.
courts have felt the effects of the meth invasion, with
several distinct courts overloaded with cases. Many are
being dropped because of delays in meth testing at state
year, both the legislature and federal government have
increased funding to prosecute meth manufacturers.
high lasts for 6 to 12 hours, and 50% of the drug is
removed from the body in 12 hours.
street value is approximately $3,000 per pound.
is a highly addictive drug that can be manufactured by
using products commercially available anywhere in the
Trend Statistics Across the United States
trends across the United States are indicators of the rate
of Methamphetamine abuse, Methamphetamine addiction,
domestic violence, and child abuse. The Methamphetamine
trends for each state has a direct correlation to the
amount of Methamphetamine seized by federal authorities.
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