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Meth use up across Washington
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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