Meth use up among county inmates

Meth use up among county inmates

fox5sandiego.com

Jail CellsSAN DIEGO — Methamphetamine use climbed among people booked into San Diego jails in 2012, compared to the year before, the San Diego Association of Governments announced Monday.

A SANDAG study found that 47 percent of women and 31 percent of men who get arrested last year tested positive for the drug, compared to 39 percent and 26 percent, respectively, in 2011.

The rate of positive tests among juveniles stayed steady at 4 percent.

“Despite exemplary, collaborative efforts such as the Methamphetamine Strike Force, meth use remains a chronic problem in our region,” SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research Cynthia Burke said.

“While some progress has been made, law enforcement agencies, emergency rooms and public drug treatment programs continue to have to pour valuable resources into tackling the problem,” she said.

Meth is often an underlying factor in family violence, child abuse and neglect, work problems, and high-risk behaviors like…

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