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August 2019 – United States: Methamphetamine use on the rise among adults aged 26 and older

WASHINGTON, D.C., United States – August 2019: The recently launched 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) revealed that methamphetamine use significantly increased among adults aged 26 years and older in the United States. While in 2017, 1.2 million adults (0.6 per cent) aged 26 or older were using methamphetamine, in 2018, this number increased to 1.6 million (0.7 per cent) (see Figure 1). Over the same period, past-year use of methamphetamine among 18 to 25-year-old decreased from 375.000 users (1.1 per cent) in 2017 to 273.000 users (0.8 per cent) in 2018.

Figure 1: Past year prevalence of methamphetamine use in the United States

Source: SAMHSA, 2019.


For more information please see:

SAMHSA, 2019. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2019. Presentation by Elinore F. McCance-Katz.

UNODC, 2018. Methamphetamine continues to dominate the synthetic drug markets. GSU Vol. 20.

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