Here’s some exciting news via our favorite euphemism for pot, Andrew Sullivan: the amount of first time meth users dropped considerably between 2004 and 2005. The US Department of Health and Human Services reports:
The number of persons who used methamphetamine for the first time in the prior 12 months did not differ significantly between 2002 (299,000 persons) and 2004 (318,000 persons) but did decrease significantly between 2004 and 2005. In 2004, an estimated 318,000 persons aged 12 or older first tried methamphetamine in the year prior to the survey compared with 192,000 persons in 2005.
The report also notes that people living in non-urban areas are more likely to try the highly addictive drug and that it has more fans out on the West coast than anywhere else in the country. Why? We don’t know.
While certainly these statistics are encourage for those of us who don’t want to see our fellow countrymen become toothless, greasy messes, it doesn’t reflect last year’s data. So, for all we know, there could have been a huge spike. Guess we’ll have to wait to find out…