The whOregonian now has to travel to British Columbia, Canada for their meth stories. Apparently Portland has ran out of meth headlines, so mondays headline comes all the way from Canada. Truthfully, I didn't bother to read it. Surprisingly I didn't see a headline about Pfizer cutting thousands of drug-pushers, I mean pharmacuetical agents, from their payroll, a much LARGER threat than all the meth in the world. No matter, here is some real info about meth:
FACTS ON METH
Margaret Dooley, ALTERNET - Although some 12 million Americans have
tried methamphetamine, this is far fewer than the number who have
tried inhalants (23 million), hallucinogens (34 million), cocaine (34
million), or marijuana (96 million). Of those who have tried
methamphetamine, only 1.5 million have used the drug in the last year;
and only 583,000 have used it within the last 30 days.
There is no indication that methamphetamine use is increasing. The
proportion of Americans who use methamphetamine on a monthly basis has
hovered in the range of 0.2 percent - 0.3 percent since 1999. In fact,
according to the 2005 Monitoring the Future survey, the percentage of
high school seniors who reported using methamphetamine in the last
year fell to a low of 2.5 percent in 2005. (Use of depressants,
meanwhile, increased from a low of 2.8 percent in 1992 to around 7
percent in 2005.)
Second, policing is not "taking care" of methamphetamine. While limits
on purchases of precursors have pushed many illicit labs out of our
neighborhoods, the drug is still being manufactured -- just now it's
across the border. Indeed, methamphetamine is now as available and
cheap as it has ever been. This comes as no surprise. As long as
demand for an illegal drug exists, there will be supply to meet it.
While policing has failed to curtail use of methamphetamine, it has
successfully overloaded our jails and prisons. In the 1980s-90s,
California followed national trends by relying increasingly on
punishment and prisons as its primary response to arrests for illicit
drug use. The total number of people imprisoned in California for drug
possession quadrupled between 1988 and 2000, peaking at 20,116. . .
The truth about methamphetamine is that its use is not growing
exponentially, that addiction is treatable, and that the risks it
poses to public health can be mitigated.
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