Hesperia, California, is one of the many small cities in San Bernardino County with a population of less than 93,000 people.1 However, Hesperia is one stop on the route of shipping meth from Mexico to the rest of the United States.
Methamphetamine abuse rates in California have been closely studied for years, because they are higher than in many other places in the country. A survey examining meth abuse in the state, found that between 1999 and 2008, methamphetamine abuse and dependence increased 17% per year.2
After the passage of the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2006, domestic labs were not able to create a large enough supply of the drug to meet demand, but drug cartels simply moved production out of the United States and back to Mexico.2,3 There is still a great deal of meth being produced and shipped into and out of Southern California. A 2018 report showed that shipping this potent stimulant from Mexico and through California is still a serious problem. A federal raid led to the arrest of several people involved in transporting meth from Hesperia to Texas.4 Residents in Hesperia and all of San Bernardino County unfortunately may have easy access to this dangerous dog.
With the drug readily available, residents may be at risk of engaging in methamphetamine abuse. Thankfully, there are treatment programs available that can help people quit using meth.
If you know someone in Hesperia who is struggling with meth abuse, call our helpline today to speak with someone about rehabilitation options.
1. Data.io: Hesperia, CA.
2. American Journal of Public Health. (2013). Mapping the Spread of Methamphetamine Abuse in California from 1995 to 2008.
3. US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Diversion Control Division. Combat Meth Epidemic Act.
4. The Sun. (2018). Feds describe alleged Hesperia-to-Texas methamphetamine network.
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