Communities Report Declining Meth Use

By Staff Writer

After years of plaguing the country, methamphetamine use is beginning to trend downward, some experts say. Many drug rehab program workers are saying that significant progress has been made recently in fighting the addiction.

San Diego is one of the best examples of declining meth use. The city was formerly known as the meth capital of the U.S., but a recent report from the local Methamphetamine Strike Force indicated that the number of people who died from the drug dropped by 43 percent between 2005 and 2009, according to the Union-Tribune.

While this is a sign of significant progress, the law enforcement officials who compiled the report told the news source that meth is still the most commonly abused drug among individuals entering addiction rehab programs. They said that this is an indication that more work still needs to be done to get people to stop using the drug.

Nationally, meth is the fifth leading cause of drug rehab admissions, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While significant progress may have been made in recent years, more work remains in ending the abuse of the destructive drug.