hanno wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:22 pm
Serious question as I do not do drugs: is meth so widespread now, even among middle-class Westerners?
Yes it is a major problem, there is quite a bit of literature on the subject, here's a sample:
Prevalence of nonmedical methamphetamine use in the United States
The overall prevalence of current nonmedical methamphetamine use was estimated to be 0.27%. Lifetime use was estimated to be 8.6%. Current use rates for men (0.32%) and women (0.23%) did not differ, although men had a higher 3-year prevalence rate (3.1%) than women (1.1%). Within the age subgroup with the highest overall methamphetamine use (18 to 25 year olds), non-students had substantially higher methamphetamine use (0.85% current; 2.4% past year) than students (0.23% current; 0.79% past year).https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515829/
Methamphetamine Use: Lessons Learned
Methamphetamine use has been at epidemic stages in some areas of the country for over a decade, while in others its popularity is confined to smaller subgroups. In California, the proportion of all the treatment admissions for methamphetamine has gone from 8% to 31% from 1992 to 2003; in Arkansas, it skyrocketed from 2% to 22%; and in Iowa the rate went from 2% to 22% (U.S. DHHS, OAS, TEDS,2005) over the same time period. https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/209730.pdf
Methamphetamine use in Australia
The proportion of weekly methamphetamine users significantly increased from 2010 to 2013 (Fig 3). The overall proportion of methamphetamine users has not changed over this period, and most still use less than monthly. However, the proportion of users who use more frequently (i.e., weekly) has increased.
Speed (powder, tablets, capsules) was used by most methamphetamine users in 2007 and 2010 (Fig 5). In 2013, ice was the preferred form of methamphetamine. Ice use has more than doubled since 2010. The recent shift to ice is concerning, as it is a particularly potent form of methamphetamine, and may cause more harm.http://nceta.flinders.edu.au/files/4614 ... /EN592.pdf
Cambodia’s young adults are using methamphetamines at one of the highest rates in the world, according to a recent report by the UN’s drug watchdog, while demand for more upscale drugs like ecstasy is growing among the affluent. In an annual report released Tuesday by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), the abuse of amphetamine-type stimulants is said to be the “biggest concern” in countries located in the Greater Mekong Subregion.The endemic problem is most prevalent among those aged 15 to 29, who typically consume pills like yama, a tablet containing a mixture of methamphetamine and caffeine.
Government responses to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2014 annual questionnaire, along with official reports, estimate that more than 75,000 people use illegal drugs in the country.More than half of those are young people, whose drug of choice is methamphetamines.
“The problem is growing, and a big portion of that is yama,” National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) secretary-general Meas Vyrith said. “The number of people using methamphetamine in Cambodia is increasing right now among young people”
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/y ... h-use-rise
The use of ice rocketed between 2006 and 2008, and it continues to be a major problem in Cambodia today. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) drug treatment officer Clay Nayton, who works with users in rural areas, estimates that today more than 90 percent of Cambodian drug users are battling a meth addiction. (AsiaLIFE — February 2, 2014)