Meth Use Declines Over Four Years; First-Time Use Stable


Past-year use of methamphetamine declined between 2002 and 2005 among persons age 12 or older, says the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Those living in the western U.S. were more likely to have used meth in the past year than those living in any other part of the country. The number of persons who used meth for the first time in the 12 months before the survey remained stable between 2002 and 2004 but decreased between 2004 and 2005.

Forty-five percent of treatment admissions in 2004 for methamphetamine/amphetamine use were for women, compared with 26 percent of treatment admissions for alcohol abuse or marijuana use in the same year. The complete version of The NSDUH Report: Methamphetamine Use is available online at


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