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Joe Deegan 8:30 a.m., Aug. 18
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.”