Addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and personal finances. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons. No one is immune to the frightening long-term impact of hard drug abuse. What follows is a sobering depiction of REAL individuals who`ve fallen victim to the temptation of drug use - in this case, methamphetamine - whose devastating effects are all too apparent.

View the Destructive Power of Meth

The Impact of Meth
Current Users of Meth
There are currently 439,000 current users of Meth in the US. That's 0.2% of the population (
New Users
The number of pas year initiates of methamphetamine was approximately 133,000 individuals, ages 12 or older. (
ER Visits
Stimulants, including meth, were involved in 64,117 ER visits, or 6.6% of all illicit drug related visits to the ER in 2009, the last year data was available (
Detox Assistance
9,580 (4.7%) of ER visits by individuals seeking detox assistance were for Meth in 2009, the last year data was available. (
Legal Risk
Laws related to meth use, abuse and possesion vary from state to state. Details can be found here.
The Prevelence of Meth
Meth Related Arrests
In 2010, there were approximately 3,952 amphetamine related arrests in the United States, the last year this data was recorded.(
Average Age
The average age of new meth users is aged 12 to 49 in 2011 was 17.8 years. (
Meth Seized
2,467 Kilograms of meth were seized in the US in 2011, the equivelant of 3,944,621 doses of methamphetamine.
Global Meth Production
The Interagency Methamphetamine Availability Working Group estimates the existence of 120.2 to 167.4 metric tons of pure methamphetamine in 2001. (
What Does Meth Look Like?
Meth can look somewhat different, depending on its method of production. View images here.