Meth use up across Washington

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Meth use up across Washington

January 23, 2018

A 17 percent increase from 2015 to 2017, according to needle-exchange users survey

Methamphetamine use has risen among Washingtonians who use needle-exchange programs, according to a survey of injection drug patrons.

The survey was conducted by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. 

Eight-nine percent of heroin users said they’d also used another drug in the past three months. Meth was the most common of those, followed by a mix of the two drugs.

Meth use is common among homeless people because of its functional effects, said Caleb Banta-Green, ADAI's main researcher. 

“Methamphetamine is an appetite suppressant and it keeps you awake,” he said. “If you’re homeless and poor, that’s a good reason to use methamphetamine.”

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