Monday, June 14, 2010

Marchman Act Blog - Meth Monday: Mapping Meth - Florida and State-by-State

FLORIDA - Meth treatment admissions per 100,000 residents (2003): 6

In recent years, methamphetamine has become a major concern among drug enforcement officials in Florida. Although the majority of meth in circulation in the state is still provided by Mexican traffickers, local production is on the rise: In 2004, a record 276 labs were seized by DEA, state and local authorities, compared to 133 in 2002 and just 15 in 2000. Florida has also experienced a similar surge in the number of individuals seeking treatment for meth addiction: from 420 in 2000 to 1,062 in 2004. However, the latter figure only represents 1.6 percent of the individuals admitted for drug treatment.

Update: The Combat Meth Act, signed by President Bush on March 9, 2006, provides minimum standards for retailers across the country that sell products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. The law limits sales to 3.6 grams of the base ingredient (the pure ephedrine or pseudoephedrine) per day and 9 grams per 30 days, and requires that purchasers provide identification and sign a sales log. Also, sellers must now keep these products behind the counter or in a locked case and register on-line with the U.S. Attorney General.

Sources: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration state factsheets, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Treatment Episode Date Set, and the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws.

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