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Recently there’s been a lot of talk about designer drugs Spice and Bath Salts invading local communities and boarding Navy warships. But while the rise of synthetic drugs is alarming, County officials say methamphetamine continues its reign as the number one drug of choice for adults at county treatment centers.

“People’s lives are still being turned upside down because of this deadly and addictive drug,” said County Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

Of the 12,200 people that are checked into county-funded treatment centers, more than 4,100 are there to treat addictions to meth. County statistics show that from June 2010 to July 2011, 38 percent of adults entering the facilities were there because of meth-addiction, while 26 percent were there seeking help for alcohol addiction.

And out of those battling the drug, 48 percent were white, 32 percent Latino, and 11 percent were African-Americans.

“Meth continues to take a toll on people’s physical and mental wellbeing,” says Nick Macchione, Director of the County’s Health and Human Services Agency. Substance abuse is a chronic, relapsing disease. The good news is that it is treatable.”

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Andy Boyd Oct. 27, 2011 @ 11:52 a.m.

How many people check into these treatment centers for weed? ಠ_ಠ

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Dorian Hargrove Oct. 27, 2011 @ 12:05 p.m.

Hey ReaderAndy,

The stats show that 79 percent of teenagers entering treatment are there for marijuana. Seems pretty high to me...

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Ponzi Oct. 27, 2011 @ 12:27 p.m.

“38 percent of adults entering the facilities were there because of meth-addiction, while 26 percent were there seeking help for alcohol addiction” 38% for meth 26% for alcohol 79% for marijuana Total = 143% Is that “new math?”

The story says "Meth still number 1"... 79% for pot would make your story inaccurate as anything over 50% would make it #1.

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Dorian Hargrove Oct. 27, 2011 @ 1:04 p.m.

Ponzi,

Sorry if I wasn't clear but adults and teenagers are in a separate group. 79 percent of teens enter treatment for marijuana. Teenagers, however, are only a fraction of those entering treatment programs.

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Ponzi Oct. 27, 2011 @ 3:49 p.m.

Dorian,

Okay, that explains it. In addition, since they are teens, it is most likely their parents have discovered their pot use and placed them in treatment.

It’s a shame that Federal and local authorities are so captivated by closing down medical marijuana operations. Those wasted law enforcement resources would be better used against the distribution of truly sinister menaces like meth and black-market pharmaceuticals (opiates; oxycontin, Vicodin). Lazy Feds are chasing the low hanging fruit because they are easy prey.

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Evelyn Oct. 27, 2011 @ 8:59 p.m.

I wonder if the treatment center numbers line up with arrest numbers? Are meth users more frequently arrested for drug related charges? And are there really more people addicted to meth than alcohol or other substances?

Meth is horrible, sure. And one meth addict is one too many. I'm just thinking, the numbers might be so high for the treatment centers because abusing meth isn't as widely accepted as alcohol is.

Like, how sexual abuse/molestation numbers are only based on reported cases… I wonder how many more people out there are also hooked on meth and don't get help. And is this number higher than the number of unreported alcoholics?

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