In early 2007, PRIDE Surveys compiled data gathered during a national school survey among students from grades 6 thru 12. The following is a synopsis of the information gathered from 3,000 self-admitted meth users:
The "typical" user is a 17-year-old white male, who lives with both parents, under-performs in the classroom, does not view meth as a drug harmful to his health. He most likely began using meth during his 12th year. His parents are likely high school grads, many with some advanced education or degrees and holding full-time employment.
Some of the more disturbing results have the students stating that meth is "very easy" to purchase. In addition, nearly a third of their parents would not find it wrong if they used marijuana or other illegal drugs.
Three-fourths of the respondents admitted to having friends who smoke pot on a regular basis.
In all of the 101,141 received student responses, more than 3 percent admitted to using meth at least once within the past year while 2 percent reported using it monthly.
Unfortunately, young meth users constitute a hard-core group of drug abusers. In addition to frequent use of marijuana, many of these students also use alcohol and tobacco.
The percentage in usage of other substances among non-Meth users is substantially less.
To gain more information on the student meth user, log on to: http://www. methpedia.org/TheSchool-AgeMethUser.htm
Meth prevention campaign
A new Anti-Meth Prevention media campaign has been initiated through the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. While research shows that nationwide meth use has decreased among teenagers, young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 continue to use the drug and there are approximately 200,000 of them.
The new campaign is constructed to educate the public and make them aware of the dangers of meth and at the same time emphasize that communities and individuals can recover from excessive use. The campaign also focuses on the availability of treatment for meth users as well as the importance of community involvement.
Another powerful element to the campaign is the use of a photo exhibit titled "Life After Meth" and features an array of testimonials and portraits of former meth users, law enforcement personnel and treatment providers. These documentaries are available to be downloaded as posters from www.methresources.gov.
All campaign materials are available for review at the campaign's Web site.
This information was provided courtesy of CADCA Coalitions Online.
For questions or more information on the Gila County Meth Coalition, contact Commander Claudia DalMolin at the Gila County Sheriff's Office (928) 425-4440 or Gila County Narcotics Task Force Agent Bianca DalMolin at (928) 701-1790.