Meth Seizures Soaring Throughout United States


Methamphetamine seizures are surging throughout the United States, according to federal drug data provided to NPR. Seizures of meth rose 142% between 2017 and 2018.

“Seizures indicate increasing trafficking in these drugs,” said John Eadie, public health coordinator for the federal government’s National Emerging Threats Initiative. “So if seizures have more than doubled, it probably means more than double trafficking in methamphetamines. And with that go additional deaths.”

According to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths involving meth and other psychostimulants increased by 21% last year—from 10,749 to 12,987.

“We’re seeing almost as many people starting up methamphetamines and cocaine and prescription stimulants as are abusing the opioids,” Eadie said. “So the problem is getting worse at the moment, and it’s getting more complicated to deal with.”

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