Methamphetamine Use on the Rise in Amarillo

Posted: 24th October 2014 by Doc in Uncategorized

AMARILLO — More evidence that methamphetamine use is a growing problem in our area.

When the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon (UWAC) released its community status report Wednesday. One of the low points was the skyrocketing use of methamphetamine.  And, it’s wide spread.

The UWAC report indicates meth use rose by 70% in Randall county since 2009. It’s up 50% in Potter County.

Police say the rise in meth use mirrors the skyrocketing use of crack cocaine in the 1980’s.

The reason is because it’s cheap and easy to get.

Sergeant Brent Barbee says most criminals they run into have some connection to the drug.

“It seems like about everybody we arrest has a little bit of methamphetamine with them.   And it’s true, I look at these shift reports every day and it’s absolutely dirt common to see people arrested on all types of offenses who are carrying at least a little bit of methamphetamine.”  Barbee said.

The UWAC status report shows meth use in our area has surpassed all other drugs including marijuana and alcohol.



  1. KC says:

    I spent a few days in Amarillo last year when I passed through. Good God, it’s like a hotel state; MANY local residents stay in hotels full time with their kids and make drugs there. It’s bizarre and very widespread. It can be very challenging to find a clean hotel room there across numerous price points.