Dramatic Increase in National Treatment Admissions for Meth Coincides with Increase in Criminal Justice Referrals

This report about the dramatic increase in methamphetamine treatment admissions is the latest is a series of volleys about how serious the meth problem is. Last week we saw the Sentencing Project’s release of a report claiming that Meth use is rare.

They have provoked a lot of discussion here, here, and here.

I think there’s truth in what all of them say: Has there been hysteria? No doubt. Was this same kind of hysteria about crack very harmful? Definitely. Is meth ravaging some communities? Sure. Has meth use grown quickly in the last decade? Absolutely. At this point, does the meth problem compare to heroin, cocaine and alcohol? No way.