The meth statistics in Washington State are actually higher than the national average. Nearly 6,400 people, around 16.7% of the total, were admitted into drug treatment facilities for methamphetamine drug abuse. This is two times the national average, which is 7.7%. Meth use is still not as common as it is in its neighboring states of Oregon and California.
Meth is a large problem and it’s continuing to grow. Meth labs have popped up all over the Pacific Northwest but nearly twice as many have popped up in the state of Washington. A staggering 951 labs have been reported in comparison to 474 in Oregon and 67 in Alaska. Those are only the labs that have been reported. Law enforcement seized the highest amount of meth from Washington, taking 205.7 Kilograms in comparison to Oregon’s 40.4 Kilograms, California’s 78.0 Kilograms, and Idaho’s 53.0 Kilograms.
Methamphetamine is a widely abused drug in Washington State and one which impacts all levels of the community. Methamphetamine in powder form (methamphetamine HCI) and a more potent form known as “ice” (crystal methamphetamine) are readily available through out the state. Crystal methamphetamine now dominates the market in Washington State as the preferred form of methamphetamine.
Here are some more meth statistics in Washington State through out the years:
- In 2006 there were 165 meth-related arrests; 36.7% of all drug cases in Washington State.
- There was 91.3 kg of methamphetamine seized in 2010.
- There were 31 lab incidents in 2010.
- There were 2 children endangered by meth labs in 2010.
- Treatment Admissions for Methamphetamine Abuse:
- 4,704 treatment admissions for methamphetamine/amphetamine abuse in 2010;
- 12.4% of all drug abuse treatment admissions.
Because of the meth statistics in Washington State, Washington spent more than $50 million in 2004 to deal with meth—including prison costs, foster care, treatment, enforcement and cleanup. Washington State ranks last out of all states in state patrol officers per capita. This impacts county drug task forces that rely on state patrol help with drug crimes leading to higher meth statistics in Washington State.
Every state has their statistics on meth and every state has their problem with drugs and alcohol. This is merely a look at one part of the country and one drug; the numbers on a national scale are much higher. The meth statistics in Washington are fairly low in comparison to the national average but it’s good that we keep this in the light so resources and things can be done to fight the rising meth statistics.