Among SANDAG’s findings:
– 85% used meth even though they believed the drug was extremely bad or very bad for them;
– half found meth easy to get;
– those who tested positive started using the drug, on average, when they were 14 1/2 years old and used it more than 16 of the past 30 days;
– 85% of those who tested positive had arrest records, compared to 67% who weren’t using;
– 23% of meth users had suicidal thoughts compared to 9% of others;
– 54% of users had a history of running away, as opposed to 36% of non-users;
– 31% of those who tested positive for meth claimed gang membership, compared to 17% for non-users; and
– 54% of users sold drugs, while 36 of those who didn’t use meth sold drugs.
The study also found that youths using methamphetamine tried alcohol and marijuana at younger ages than those who did not use meth.
Also, SANDAG found that 92% of the young meth-users were boy and 85% were Hispanic.
Statistics released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office showed that methamphetamine-related deaths rose for the fifth straight year in 2013, with 190 deaths blamed on meth, compared to 142 in 2012.