In the wake of the reinforced attention on meth, a new national study concluded that use of the drug has dropped dramatically, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. From 2006 to 2008, the number of people older than 12 who used meth in the previous month dropped by nearly 60 percent, to 314,000, said the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. At the same time, illicit drug use of all kinds in the U.S. dropped by less than 4 percent.
The survey results showed fewer people are trying meth, too. The number of people who used the drug for the first time dropped by more than 60 percent, to 95,000. Law enforcement officials took little solace in the numbers. Meth is seen as a particular scourge because of its highly addictive nature and the toxic waste left behind by its production.They credited the drop in meth use to past efforts – laws controlling access to pseudoephedrine cold pills and programs to keep closer tabs on other ingredients.