Sunday, July 02, 2006

A drug addiction that knows no social nor monetary boundaries ...

A few years ago, counselors, police officers, judges and store clerks already knew what the statistics would later confirm: methamphetamine, a cheap, potent drug that produces a lasting high and can be manufactured at home with off-the-shelf cold medicine, had surpassed alcohol as the most popular drug among those addicted to substances in Nevada. The number of drug users admitted to state-funded programs for addiction to meth outpaced the number of alcoholics in those programs for the first time in 2002. In fact, while the number of alcoholics had stabilized and had even declined since 1996, the total number of meth addicts had more than doubled so that by 2005, there were 75 percent more meth addicts seeking treatment in Nevada's state-funded programs than alcoholics.

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