Although the meth epidemic in most of the country has declined since large-scale busts of domestic meth labs, places like Encinitas, California, are still at risk. Some of drug dangers may stem from heightened exposure to cocaine, meth, and other illicit substances brought across the border into San Diego County prior to transport out to the rest of the United States.
Overdose deaths related to methamphetamine began to rise again in San Diego County in 2010. There were a reported 157 meth-involved overdose deaths that year. In 2011, there were 171 deaths; in 2012, there were 217 deaths; by 2013, there were 267 deaths; and by 2014, there were 262 deaths. Among adult arrestees, drug tests that returned positive screenings for meth also rose rapidly, from 27% in 2010 to 45% in 2014.1
By 2016, San Diego County overdose deaths involving meth rose 18.7%, to 311 people in 2015. High-grade, pure, and very potent meth coming in from Mexican ‘super labs’ may be responsible, as there is little domestic meth production in the U.S. 2 Many people who currently abuse meth here have continued to abuse it since the early 2000s. Now, in San Diego County, many people experiencing the problems associated with methamphetamine abuse—including overdose—are at least 45 years old.2
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. U.S. Department of Justice. Methamphetamine Strike Force 2015 Report Card for San Diego.
. NBC San Diego. (2017). Meth Crisis Tied to 'Super Labs' in Mexico: Task Force.